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Leave Her to Heaven (1945)

Not Rated | | Drama, Film-Noir, Romance | January 1946 (USA)
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A writer falls in love with a young socialite and they're soon married. But her obsessive love for him threatens to be the undoing of them both, and everyone else around them.

Director:

John M. Stahl

Writers:

Jo Swerling (screenplay), Ben Ames Williams (novel)
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Complete credited cast:
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
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Novelist Richard Harland and socialite Ellen Berent meet on a train and are attracted to each other. They fall in love and decide to get married. They love each other, in spite of their differences. Ellen's love for Richard is obsessive - possessive, and wants Richard all to herself. Richard learns to what extent Ellen will go to get what she wants, Written by Huggo

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Trivia

A January 18, 1945 Hollywood Reporter news item noted that Faye Marlowe had been "pencilled in for the role of the good sister," and on April 6, 1945, a studio press release announced that Thomas Mitchell would play "Glen Robie." See more »

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When Ellen and Richard are arguing in the bedroom shortly after Ellen's family has arrived for their surprise visit, a crew member's shadow moves over the pair on the bottom half of the screen. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Berent: There's nothing wrong with Ellen. It's just that she loves too much.
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Connections

Referenced in The Cosby Show: Elvin Pays for Dinner (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

Deedle Deedle Dum Dum
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Sung by Chill Wills and Darryl Hickman
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A Greek drama Hollywood style.
28 August 2001 | by countryway_48864See all my reviews

Many of the comments I have read suggest that Wilde was too weak to play Richard Harland, the famous author who finds himself suddenly engaged to a woman he barely knows.

As an author myself I can say the portrayal rings true rather than false. Most authors are rather reclusive and find social gatherings painful. If they are trying to write something, they don't want others around to disturbe them. Writing is a lonely and demanding occupation and mistress/lover.

The contrast between the sexually aggressive Tierney and the reluctant but eager and flattered Wilde is very interesting to me.

If you want to see the other side of Wilde-the extravert/charmer, watch him as the Great Sebastian doing his own 'flying' in The Greatest Show On Earth, and you will appreciate the fact that Wilde acting shy and reticent is really ACTING.

The suggestion that such a predatory creature could exist is chilling! The idea that her own family could not or would not try to warn Harland before it was too late is tragic.

The incestuous suggestions and the obvious sexual ambiguity is palpable.

Tierney and Wilde look wonderful together. The perfect couple in love. Vincent Price without his mustache is a shock and hard to get used to. He tries too hard to be the villain of the piece when he is out-matched in that department by Tierney.

The cinematography is wonderful. The music is, perhaps a bit too dramatic, but beautiful. Jeanne Crain is a breath of fresh air and a natural victim who is resiliant enough to survive.

The story is over-the-top, of course-very Greek tragedy.

The Honeymoon couple in double beds (the Hollywood censors at their WORST) is a hoot!

The tickling scene is charming, and I got the impression that Wilde really IS ticklish. The wake-up scene is also natural and quite real. Tierney looks like she's having a great time blowing on Wilde's eyelashes while he sleeps, and his stretch and gentle wake up is lovely to watch.

Not a GREAT film as films go, but not a bomb either. It is clever, interesting and strikes to the bone.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

January 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Leave Her to Heaven See more »

Filming Locations:

Pasadena, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$8,200,000
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Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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