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All This, and Heaven Too (1940)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 13 July 1940 (USA)
A duchess' irrational behavior toward the governess of her children triggers tragic events that will change her family's lives forever.

Director:

Anatole Litvak

Writers:

Rachel Field (by), Casey Robinson (screen play)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bette Davis ... Henriette Deluzy-Desportes
Charles Boyer ... Duc de Praslin
Jeffrey Lynn ... Henry Martyn Field
Barbara O'Neil ... Duchesse de Praslin
Virginia Weidler ... Louise de Praslin
Helen Westley ... Madame LeMaire
Walter Hampden ... Pasquier
Henry Daniell ... Broussais
Harry Davenport ... Pierre
George Coulouris ... Charpentier
Montagu Love ... Marechal Sebastiani
Janet Beecher ... Miss Haines
June Lockhart ... Isabelle de Praslin
Ann E. Todd ... Berthe de Praslin (as Ann Todd)
Richard Nichols ... Reynald de Praslin
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Storyline

When lovely and virtuous governess Henriette Deluzy comes to educate the children of the debonair Duc de Praslin, a royal subject to King Louis-Philippe and the husband of the volatile and obsessive Duchesse de Praslin, she instantly incurs the wrath of her mistress, who is insanely jealous of anyone who comes near her estranged husband. Though she saves the duchess's little son from a near-death illness and warms herself to all the children, she is nevertheless dismissed by the vengeful duchess. Meanwhile, the attraction between the duke and Henriette continues to grow, eventually leading to tragedy. Written by alfiehitchie

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

13 July 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El cielo y tú See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,370,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Charles Boyer wore a girdle to streamline his waist and straighten his posture. In 1848 it was still common practice in Europe for men of the nobility (especially in France) to wear corsets and stays beneath their garments. See more »

Goofs

Most of the story takes place in France, yet all writing is in American English; the only French is spoken in the USA, when the new teacher tries to teach her boisterous class. See more »

Quotes

Duc de Praslin: Why are you smiling? May I share whatever pleases you so?
Henriette Deluzy-Desportes: You will think I am very silly I'm afraid, but standing here like this with the snow falling reminds of something I used to know. Do you remember a little round glass globe that...
Duc de Praslin: Oh yes, I know, with a snow scene inside. We had a paper weight on a desk at home like that. You shook it and the snow whirled around out from nowhere in a blinding storm.
Henriette Deluzy-Desportes: Yes, that's exactly what I mean.
Duc de Praslin: And if you looked closely enough the whole world seemed...
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Connections

Spoofed in All This and Rabbit Stew (1941) See more »

Soundtracks

Lullaby
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Music by M.K. Jerome
Lyrics by Jack Scholl
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surprisingly moving soap opera of sorts
1 August 2005 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This is among my favorite Bette Davis movies. While not perfect, the story and romance suck you right in and make it hard to stop watching.

Ms. Davis plays against type, as she is the almost sickeningly wonderful nanny who ultimately beguiles married Charles Boyer. You see, Bette is hired to care for his children because his wife is a self-centered hypochondriac and has less maternal instincts than the average hamster. However, despite Boyer falling for the nanny, the nanny is chaste and won't consider breaking up the marriage--even if it is such an unhappy one. Eventually, the wife realizes that her husband has fallen head over heels and what she does in response is too good to divulge--it would help to ruin the movie for you.

If you want great acting, a tight script and a bit of a soapy romance (and who doesn't now and again?), give this movie a try.


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