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Leave Her to Heaven (1945)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance, Thriller | 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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Cast

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

It was cited by director Martin Scorsese as one of his favorite films of all time, and he assessed Tierney as one of the most underrated actresses of the Golden Era. See more »

Goofs

When Danny sets off on his ill-fated swim across the lake, Ellen (Gene Tierney) follows after him in the row boat. The shadow of overhead filming or boom mike equipment can be seen on her back as she starts rowing. See more »

Quotes

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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Connections

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

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Deedle Deedle Dum Dum
(uncredited)
Sung by Chill Wills and Darryl Hickman
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Gene Tierney delivers memorable performance in this technicolor film noir...
14 April 2001 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

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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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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