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Leave Her to Heaven (1945)

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A writer meets a young socialite on board a train. The two fall in love and are married soon after, but her obsessive love for him threatens to be the undoing of both them and everyone else around them.

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Novelist Richard Harland and socialite Ellen Berent meet on a train to New Mexico. They are immediately attracted to each other, soon fall in love and decide to get married, about which everyone they know is happy except Ellen's fiancé back home, politician Russell Quinton. However, Richard and Ellen's love for each other is different than that of the other as Ellen demonstrates in the manner which she tells everyone of their impending marriage. Ellen's love for Richard is an obsessive, possessive one, much like the love she had for her now deceased father, who Richard physically resembles. Ellen wants Richard all to herself and resents anyone who even remotely takes a place in his life and heart, even if his love for that person is not a romantic one. These people include most specifically Richard's physically disabled teen-aged brother Danny Harland, Ellen's own adopted sister Ruth Berent, and a young man neither has gotten a chance to really know yet. After time, Richard learns to ... Written by Huggo

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"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on March 17, 1947 with Gene Tierney and Cornel Wilde reprising their film roles. See more »

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Ellen Berent Harland: I'll never let you go. Never, never, never.
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Obsession and Destructive Jealousy
23 April 2012 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

After two years in prison, the Bostonian writer Richard Harland (Cornel Wild) returns to his cottage "Back of the Moon", in Deer Lake, Maine. His friend and lawyer Glen Robie (Ray Collins) tells the story of Richard to an acquaintance of his.

While traveling to New Mexico by train to spend a couple of days in Glen's Jacinto Rancho, Richard meets the young and beautiful Ellen Berent (Gene Tierney) reading his last novel. On the station, he finds that Ellen, her mother Mrs. Berent (Mary Philips) and her stepsister Ruth Berent (Jeanne Crain) are also guests of Glen. Along the days, Ellen calls off her engagement with the politician Russell Quinton (Vincent Price) and marries Richard.

Richard travels to "Back of the Moon" with Ellen and his crippled brother Danny (Darryl Hickman) and Ellen feels jealous of Danny and the caretaker Leick Thome (Chill Wills). After the visit of Mrs. Berent and Ruth, Ellen tries to convince Danny to go to their house. Danny prefers to stay and Ellen plots a scheme and Danny drowns in the lake.

Richard and Ellen move to Mrs. Berent's house and Ellen decides to get pregnant to get more attention from Richard. But later she provokes an accident and has a stillborn baby. When Richard leaves Ellen, the obsessive woman plots her own death to incriminate Ruth.

"Leave Her to Heaven" is a melodrama that tells the story of an obsessive female fatale with a destructive jealousy of her husband and capable to plan her own death to destroy the life of her stepsister. Gene Tierney has a fantastic performance and was nominated in 1946 to the Oscar of best actress in a leading role. Her character has also a non-resolved Oedipus complex and her attraction for Richard is due his resemblance with her beloved father.

I found that the title "Leave Her to Heaven" is a quote from Hamlet in a scene when the Ghost tells Hamlet to not seek revenge against Queen Gertrude, but rather leave her to heaven meaning that Heaven will judge her.

The conclusion is rushed after Richard telling that Ellen was a monster and disappoints a little bit. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Amar Foi Minha Ruína" ("Love Was My Ruin")


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