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All That Heaven Allows ()


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An upper-class widow falls in love with a much younger, down-to-earth nurseryman, much to the disapproval of her children and criticism of her country club peers.

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Cary Scott
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Ron Kirby
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Sara Warren
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Harvey
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Alida Anderson
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Kay Scott
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Ned Scott
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Mick Anderson
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Dr. Dan Hennessy
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Mona Plash (as Jacqueline de Wit)
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Jo-Ann Grisby
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Howard Hoffer
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George Warren
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Manuel
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Mr. Weeks
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Tom Allenby
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Mary Ann
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Helen Andrews ...
Myrtle (uncredited)
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Mrs. Humphrey (uncredited)
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Mrs. Taylor (uncredited)
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Minor Role (uncredited)
Alan DeWitt ...
Stationmaster (uncredited)
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Party Guest (uncredited)
Donna Jo Gribble ...
Miss Taylor (uncredited)
Jim Hayward ...
John (uncredited)
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Ann (uncredited)
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Freddie Norton (uncredited)
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Grandpa Adams (uncredited)
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Mark Plash (uncredited)
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Fred (uncredited)
Helen Mayon ...
Nurse (uncredited)
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Mr. Gow - the Butcher (uncredited)
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Country Club Member (uncredited)
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Bill (uncredited)
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Marguerita - Manuel's Daughter (uncredited)
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Party Guest (uncredited)
Edna Smith ...
Miss Edna Pidway (uncredited)
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Tom - Christmas Tree Vendor (uncredited)
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Rosanne - Manuel's Wife (uncredited)

Directed by

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Douglas Sirk

Written by

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Peggy Thompson ... (screenplay) (as Peg Fenwick)
 
Edna L. Lee ... (story) and
Harry Lee ... (story)

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Ross Hunter ... producer

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Frank Skinner

Cinematography by

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Russell Metty ... director of photography

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Frank Gross
Fred Baratta ... (uncredited)

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Alexander Golitzen
Eric Orbom

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Russell A. Gausman
Julia Heron ... (set decorations)

Costume Design by

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Bill Thomas ... (gowns)

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Joan St. Oegger ... hair stylist
Bud Westmore ... makeup artist
Nick Marcellino ... makeup artist (uncredited)
Vincent Romaine ... makeup artist (uncredited)

Production Management

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Sergei Petschnikoff ... production manager (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Joseph E. Kenney ... assistant director (as Joseph E. Kenny)
George Lollier ... assistant director (uncredited)
Gordon McLean ... assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

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William Nunley ... props

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Leslie I. Carey ... sound
Joe Lapis ... sound
Frank Gorback ... microphone technician (uncredited)
David Janssen ... looping (uncredited)

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Fred Knoth ... special effects (uncredited)

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Ledge Haddow ... assistant camera (uncredited)
Edward Hobson ... best boy grip (uncredited)
Philip H. Lathrop ... camera operator (uncredited)
Max Nippell ... gaffer (uncredited)
Dean Paup ... key grip (uncredited)
Kenneth Smith ... dolly grip (uncredited)

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Rose Brandi ... wardrobe supervisor: Jane Wyman (uncredited)

Music Department

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Joseph Gershenson ... music supervisor
Ethmer Roten ... musician: flute

Script and Continuity Department

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Betty A. Griffin ... script supervisor (uncredited)

Additional Crew

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William Fritzsche ... Technicolor color consultant
Jack Daniels ... dialogue director (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Plot Summary

Cary Scott is a widow with two grown children. She's been leading a quiet life since her husband died, socializing with a small circle of friends. Her children no longer live with her full-time but come home every weekend. She's not unhappy but also doesn't realize how bored she is. Her friend Sara Warren encourages her to get a television set to keep her company but she doesn't want that either. She develops a friendship with Ron Kirby who owns his own nursery and comes every spring and fall to trim her trees. Ron is much younger than Cary and their friendship soon turns to love. Her circle of friends are surprised that she is seeing such a younger man and she might be prepared to overlook that - Ron certainly doesn't care about the differences in their ages - but when her son and daughter vehemently object, she decides to sacrifice her own feelings for their happiness. Over time however, she realizes that her children will be spending less and less time with her as they pursue their own lives an re-evaluates her decision. Written by garykmcd

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Taglines How much does Heaven Allow a Woman in Love? See more »
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Also Known As
  • Tout ce que le ciel permet (France)
  • Solo el cielo lo sabe (Spain)
  • Tout ce que le ciel permet (Canada, French title)
  • Secondo amore (Italy)
  • Wszystko, na co niebo zezwala (Poland)
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  • 89 min
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Trivia The façade later cannibalized to make up the front of the Bates home in "Psycho" is visible a few houses up from Cary's block. See more »
Goofs Cary reads two quotations from the same page in Walden: "The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation" and "If a man does not keep pace with his companions..." Those two quotations are from opposite ends of the book, the first and last chapters, respectively. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Quand la peur dévore l'âme (2007). See more »
Soundtracks Consolation No.3 in D flat major See more »
Quotes Ron Kirby: Mick discovered for himself that he had to make his own decisions, that he had to be a man.
Cary Scott: And you want *me* to be a man?
Ron Kirby: [Giving her a knowing smile] Only in that one way.
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