Leave Her to Heaven (1945)

Not Rated  |   |  Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller  |  20 December 1945 (USA)
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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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Complete credited cast:
Russell Quinton
Mary Philips ...
Mrs. Berent
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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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The sin she committed in the name of love could not be judged by man...or punished by law! See more »


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Release Date:

20 December 1945 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Que el cielo la juzgue  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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 »


Ellen's method of scattering her father's ashes (flinging the urn from side to side during a horseback ride through the desert) would leave both her and the horse covered in her father's remains. See more »


Ellen Berent Harland: I keep forgetting you can't draw a deep breath without being heard all over the house!
Ellen Berent Harland: Let's change the name of the place from Back Of The Moon to Goldfish Manor.
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Referenced in The Cosby Show: Elvin Pays for Dinner (1990) See more »


Nocturne, Op. 27, No. 2
Music by Frédéric Chopin
Played on the piano by Ruth
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Color Time Travel - A film that must be experienced on the Big Screen
26 April 2008 | by (San Francisco) – See all my reviews

No one can watch this without remembering Gene Tierney's searing blue eyes, Jeanne Crain's face of innocence, or Cornel Wilde (lightyears from The Naked Prey) here looking like a photo of Pierre & Gilles come to life. It's 110 minutes of color-time-travel basking in the surreally saturated Technicolor palette of the mid 40's.

For those who have been denied the experience of watching the recently restored version with a rapt audience on a big screen as happened April 26, 2008 at San Francisco's Castro Theatre, I can only hope you'll contact a film preservation-minded theater in your area.

Though I've watched this film on DVD, nothing prepared me for the impact of the big screen. The closeups alone will take your breath away.

Is it melodrama or is it noir?--leave that to Heaven!

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