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Rage in Heaven (1941)

Approved  |   |  Drama, Thriller  |  7 March 1941 (USA)
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Old friends Ward and Phillip both become smitten with Phillip's mother's attractive young secretary Stella. But Stella marries Phillip and stands by him as his behavior becomes more and ... See full summary »

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Stella Bergen
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Ward Andrews
Lucile Watson ...
Mrs. Monrell
Oskar Homolka ...
Dr. Rameau (as Oscar Homolka)
Philip Merivale ...
Mr. Higgins
Matthew Boulton ...
Ramsbotham
Aubrey Mather ...
Clark
Frederick Worlock ...
Solicitor-General (as Frederic Worlock)
Francis Compton ...
Bardsley
Gilbert Emery ...
Mr. Black
Ludwig Hardt ...
Durand (as Ludwig Hart)
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Stuart Hall ...
Traveling Salesman (scenes deleted)
Major McBride ...
Bank Clerk (scenes deleted)
Clive Morgan ...
Traveling Salesman (scenes deleted)
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Old friends Ward and Phillip both become smitten with Phillip's mother's attractive young secretary Stella. But Stella marries Phillip and stands by him as his behavior becomes more and more erratic and his jealousy of Ward increases. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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W.S. Van Dyke took over the direction of the movie from Robert B. Sinclair, who became ill shortly after shooting began. Van Dyke was in the Marines, but was granted a 14-day leave to finish the picture. Neither Sinclair nor Van Dyke was available for retakes, which were then directed by Richard Thorpe. See more »

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The movie commences with a quote, "Heaven hath no rage like love to hatred turned", which it attributes to Milton. The quote is in fact from William Congreve's play The Mourning Bride. See more »

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Leave him to heaven!
11 March 2006 | by See all my reviews

"Rage in Heaven" belongs to the spate of Freudian movies of the forties: Hitchcock's "spellbound" Lang's "secret beyond the door" Tourneur's "cat people" Stahl's "leave her to heaven" Siodmak's "dark mirror" ,the list is endless.

"Rage in heaven" is an excellent underrated thriller.Although Philip's mother part is underwritten ,she predates the Hitchcockian mums ,those of "Notorious" "Strangers on a train" "Marnie" etc.Robert Montgomery whose character is the most interesting portrays a rich kid,probably victim of his over possessive mother -"he's more attractive than Ward"

  • A selfish paranoiac man who will not be satisfied till he destroys


everything.His behavior makes sense:the cat,then the best friend (the enemy ,for his wife is in love with him),the wife and finally himself ,the doctor explains.

The screenplay might not be thoroughly original,but "Leave her to heaven" (1946) borrows Gene Tierney's diabolical suicide from it,and the final search has something of Cornell Woolrich (aka William Irish) ,notably his "phantom lady".

Three excellent actors,and a gripping story: you will not waste your time.


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