Film notes: Leave Her to Heaven (1945) directed by John M. Stahl

US / 110 min / color /Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation Dir: John M. Stahl Pro: William A. Bacher Scr: Jo Swerling, based on the novel by Ben Ames Williams Cine: Leon Shamroy Mus: Alfred Newman Cast: Gene Tierney (Ellen Berent), Cornel Wilde (Richard Harland), Jeanne Crain (Ruth Berent), Vincent Price (Russell Quinton), Darryl Hickman (Danny Harland), Ray Collins (Glen Robie), Chill Wills (Thorne) Plot Summary: A young novelist, Richard Harland (Cornel Wilde), meets beautiful Ellen Berent (Gene Tierney) on a train where they fall in love and are soon married. When tragedies take first his handicapped young brother, then his unborn son from him, Harland gradually realises that his wife’s insane jealousy may be the cause of the tragedies in his life. Yet another shock awaits them all, as Ellen’s emotions become uncontrollable.. Release Date: 20 December 1945 (USA), 16 April 1949 (Spain) Spanish title: Que el cielo la juzgue IMDb Rating: 7.7

I would like to submit this entry to Rich’s Meme Crimes of the Century over at Past Offences. This month, the year in review is #1945.

Filmed in Technicolor and narrated in flashback, Leave Her to Heaven is an unusual example of film noir in which the action takes place mainly in broad daylight. It stars a gorgeous Gene Tierney, in which is arguably her best performance ever. As ‘Ellen Berent,’ Tierney brings to life a femme fatale, quite insane. She ends up consumed by an obsessive love for her husband, writer ‘Richard Harland’ (Cornel Wilde). As a result she becomes more jealous until ending up in tragedy. The film won an Academy Award for the ‘Best Cinematography’ (Leon Shamroy). In addition, Gene Tierney was nominated for ‘Best Actress’, but lost out to Joan Crawford (Mildred Pierce).

Leave Her to Heaven at American Film Institute

Leave Her to Heaven at Wikipedia

Leave Her to Heaven at IMDb 


6 thoughts on “Film notes: Leave Her to Heaven (1945) directed by John M. Stahl”

  1. Utterly crazy but wonderful movie – one of those few examples of that obscure subgenera, TechniColor Noir – and it works brilliantly!

    1. Thank you Sergio, probably I’m not as enthusiast on this film as you are, but it certainly is a curious film noir in technicolor, and it was quite a success at the time.

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