Leave Her to Heaven

Leave Her to Heaven

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Director: John M. Stahl

Cast: Gene Tierney, Cornel Wilde, Jeanne Crain

     
 

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Gene Tierney portrays a beautiful but unstable woman who marries successful novelist Cornel Wilde. Tierney wants to spend all her time with her new husband, but finds it impossible to do so thanks to his work and the frequent visits of family and friends. When Wilde's crippled younger brother (Darryl Hickman) comes to the couple's summer house to stay, Ms. Tierney… See more details below

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Gene Tierney portrays a beautiful but unstable woman who marries successful novelist Cornel Wilde. Tierney wants to spend all her time with her new husband, but finds it impossible to do so thanks to his work and the frequent visits of family and friends. When Wilde's crippled younger brother (Darryl Hickman) comes to the couple's summer house to stay, Ms. Tierney indirectly causes the boy to drown. Later, upon discovering that she's pregnant, Tierney deliberately falls down the stairs, choosing to miscarry rather than share her husband's affections with an infant. When it becomes clear that family friend Jeanne Crain is attracted to her husband, Ms. Tierney commits suicide, making her death appear to be murder and framing Crain for the "crime." In court, Ms. Crain is mercilessly grilled by prosecuting attorney Vincent Price, who happens to be Tierney's ex-lover! Filmed in lush Technicolor, Leave Her to Heaven is based on the best-selling novel by Ben Ames Williams.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
A Technicolor melodrama infused with film noir pathology, John M. Stahl's Leave Her to Heaven (1945) combines vivid visuals with a coldly passionate performance from Gene Tierney to create a memorable femme fatale. Cornel Wilde's Richard is doomed the moment that Tierney's crimson-lipped Ellen fixes her ice blue stare at him and remarks on his likeness to her beloved, recently deceased father. Stahl suggests the force of that love in Ellen's expressionistic horseback ride to scatter her father's ashes, but the scene in which Ellen impassively puts on her sunglasses and watches Richard's crippled brother drown in an idyllic Maine lake most powerfully communicates her nature. Richard's placid Maine cabin and Ellen's well-appointed family residences may present a surface as beautiful as Tierney's face, but Stahl reveals the obsessive evil lurking beneath. The second-most popular film of 1945, Leave Her to Heaven earned Tierney her sole Best Actress Oscar nomination for her archetypal woman who loves far too much, while Leon Shamroy won the Oscar for his striking color photography of landscapes, deluxe homes and Tierney's red lipstick.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/22/2005
UPC:
0024543126263
Original Release:
1946
Rating:
NR
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:50:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Commentary by Darryl Hickman and film critic Richard Schickel; Movietone news footage (Film Premiere, Oscar® Presentations); Restoration comparison; Still gallery; Theatrical trailer; Full frame format (Aspect ratio: 1.33:1); Audio: English stereo, English mono, Spanish mono; Subtitles: English, Spanish

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gene Tierney Ellen Berent
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
Paul Everton Judge
Olive Blakeney Mrs. Robie
Addison Richards Bedford
Harry Depp Catterson
Grant Mitchell Carlson
Milton Parsons Mortician Medcraft
Earl Schenck Norton
Hugh Maguire Lin Robie
Betty Hannon Tess Robie
Kay Riley Nurse
Guy Beach Sheriff
Audrey Betz Cook at Robie's Ranch
Jim Farley Conductor
Charles Tannen Man
Mae Marsh Fisherwoman

Technical Credits
John M. Stahl Director
William A. Bacher Producer
James B. Clark Editor
Ernest Lansing Set Decoration/Design
Thomas K. Little Set Decoration/Design
Kay Nelson Costumes/Costume Designer
Alfred Newman Score Composer
Ben Nye Makeup
Maurice Ransford Production Designer
Fred Sersen Special Effects
Leon Shamroy Cinematographer
Jo Swerling Screenwriter
Lyle Wheeler Production Designer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Titles [1:12]
2. Return to Deer Lake [2:21]
3. Exotic Words [8:41]
4. The Front Lawn of Heaven [3:14]
5. Ring Toss [7:48]
6. An Old Shoe [1:13]
7. Danny Boy [3:56]
8. Back of the Moon [5:02]
9. Mysterious Hysteria [:33]
10. Mother-in-Law Knows Best [7:53]
11. Boating and Floating [3:39]
12. The Wicked Truth [5:23]
13. Love and Betrayal [5:31]
14. The Frame Game [2:57]
15. Badgering the Witnesses [1:00]
16. Return to Ruth/End Credits [5:25]

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