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Jo Swerling (screenplay)
Ben Ames Williams (novel)
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Release Date:
January 1946 (USA) See more »
The sin she committed in the name of love could not be judged by man...or punished by law! See more »
A writer falls in love with a young socialite and they are married soon after, but her obsessive love for him threatens to be the undoing of both them and everyone else around them. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Won Oscar. Another 4 nominations See more »
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Gene Tierney delivers memorable performance in this technicolor film noir... See more (121 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Gene Tierney ... Ellen Berent Harland

Cornel Wilde ... Richard Harland

Jeanne Crain ... Ruth Berent

Vincent Price ... Russell Quinton
Mary Philips ... Mrs. Berent

Ray Collins ... Glen Robie

Gene Lockhart ... Dr. Saunders

Reed Hadley ... Dr. Mason

Darryl Hickman ... Danny Harland

Chill Wills ... Leick Thome
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Guy Beach ... Sheriff (unconfirmed) (uncredited)
Audrey Betz ... Cook at Robie's Ranch (uncredited)

Olive Blakeney ... Mrs. Louise Robie (uncredited)

Ruth Clifford ... Telephone Operator (uncredited)
Harry Depp ... Catterson - the Chemist (uncredited)

Paul Everton ... The Judge (uncredited)

Jim Farley ... Train Conductor (uncredited)
Betty Hannon ... Tess Robie (uncredited)

Kenner G. Kemp ... Lounge Car Train Passenger (uncredited)
Hugh Maguire ... Lin Robie (uncredited)

Mae Marsh ... Fisherwoman (uncredited)
Thomas Martin ... Court Clerk (uncredited)

Grant Mitchell ... Carlson (uncredited)
Milton Parsons ... Medcraft - Mortician (uncredited)

Addison Richards ... Bedford (uncredited)
Kay Riley ... Danny's Nurse (uncredited)
Earl Schenck ... Norton (uncredited)

Charles Tannen ... Man (uncredited)

Directed by
John M. Stahl 
Writing credits
Jo Swerling (screenplay)

Ben Ames Williams (novel)

Produced by
William A. Bacher .... producer
Darryl F. Zanuck .... executive producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Alfred Newman 
Cinematography by
Leon Shamroy (director of photography)
Film Editing by
James B. Clark 
Art Direction by
Maurice Ransford 
Lyle R. Wheeler  (as Lyle Wheeler)
Set Decoration by
Thomas Little 
Ernest Lansing (uncredited)
Costume Design by
Kay Nelson 
Makeup Department
Ben Nye .... makeup artist
Production Management
Sid Bowen .... unit manager (uncredited)
Raymond A. Klune .... production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Joseph C. Behm .... assistant director (uncredited)
Otto Brower .... second unit director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Roger Heman Sr. .... sound (as Roger Heman)
E. Clayton Ward .... sound
Visual Effects by
Fred Sersen .... special photographic effects
Sol Halperin .... transparency projection shots (uncredited)
Edwin Hammeras .... transparency projection shots (uncredited)
Edward Snyder .... transparency projection shots (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
E. Truman Joiner .... key grip (uncredited)
F. Bud Mautino .... second camera (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sam Benson .... wardrobe supervisor (uncredited)
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Lyman Hallowell .... apprentice editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Edward B. Powell .... orchestrator
Jay Chernis .... musician: violin (uncredited)
Alfred Newman .... musical director (uncredited)
Murray Spivack .... music mixer (uncredited)
Urban Thielmann .... musician: piano (uncredited)
Other crew
Natalie Kalmus .... technicolor director
Richard Mueller .... associate technicolor director
Darryl F. Zanuck .... presenter
Ruth Fox .... research assistant (uncredited)
Frances C. Richardson .... research director (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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110 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Did You Know?

Gene Tierney's character Ellen is payed the compliment of looking like an exotic, Arabian woman. Indeed, Tierney had played an exotic Arabian woman in Sundown (1941).See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): 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 »
Russell Quinton:I loved you.
Ellen Berent Harland:That's a concession.
Russell Quinton:And I'm still in love with you.
Ellen Berent Harland:That's a tribute.
Russell Quinton:And I always will be. Remember that.
Ellen Berent Harland:Russ, is that a threat?
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Film Geek (2005)See more »
Nocturne, Op. 27, No. 2See more »


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58 out of 78 people found the following review useful.
Gene Tierney delivers memorable performance in this technicolor film noir..., 14 April 2001
Author: Neil Doyle from U.S.A.

While most film noirs conjure up images of terror in black-and-white settings, 'Leave Her To Heaven' manages to fall into the noir category despite its lush technicolor scenery and handsome interiors. It's a visually stunning example of "women's noir" performed to the hilt by a talented cast. Only Cornel Wilde fails to deliver. He seems too weak as the author who impulsively marries a beautiful woman, only to find that beneath the lovely exterior is a warped mind consumed by jealousy. He never quite measures up to Tierney's performance--seemingly sweet and kind but actually cold and cunning. Tierney has never been more beautifully photographed and looks stunning throughout. Jeanne Crain does well enough as the demure half-sister, rising to the occasion when the script demands a spunkier side to her personality. While the plot gets a little "heavy" at times, it's a supremely satisfying melodrama played against some of the most beautiful settings imaginable. Alfred Newman's music suggests the slowly developing tension. All in all, a fascinating example of film noir that succeeds despite technicolor. Another fine example of color noir might be 'Chinatown'. Well worth seeing to watch a fascinating femme fatale at work. Gene Tierney deserved her Oscar nomination--but lost to Joan Crawford of 'Mildred Pierce'.

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