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Leave Her to Heaven (1945)

Not Rated | | Drama, Film-Noir, Romance | 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.



(screenplay), (novel)
Won 1 Oscar. Another 4 nominations. See more awards »



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Complete credited cast:
Russell Quinton
Mary Philips ...
Mrs. Berent
Dr. Saunders
Dr. Mason
Leick Thome


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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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The title is taken from a line from William Shakespeare's "Hamlet". See more »


During Ruth's testimony at the trial, she changes how she holds Richard's book as the camera angle changes. 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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One of her best roles
3 January 2005 | by (Mill Creek, Washington) – See all my reviews

This was ONE of Gene Tierney's best roles, outside of Laura. She plays a woman lost in jealousy and unjustified vengeance. You understand her love for her husband and are not horrified by her murderous acts because she is so lovely and really not a bad person. You also sympathize with her, because you sense her loneliness. She has to be lonely because she's so caught up this web of jealousy. Who can she confide in with it? No one. Cornel Wilde is sort of a dolt to not see how "mad" is wife is. There are questions you can see he wants to ask of his mother-in-law, but doesn't to his detriment. I love, love this movie. Buy it - you'll watch it over and over again.

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