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Leave Her to Heaven (19-Dec-1945)

Director: John M. Stahl

Writer: Jo Swerling

From novel by: Ben Ames Williams

Music: Alfred Newman

Producer: William A. Bacher

Keywords: Drama, Film Noir

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Ray Collins
10-Dec-1889 11-Jul-1965 Lt. Tragg on Perry Mason
Jeanne Crain
25-May-1925 14-Dec-2003 20th Century Fox studio actress
Reed Hadley
1-Jan-1911 11-Dec-1974 Radio star of Red Ryder
Darryl Hickman
28-Jul-1931   The Happy Years
Gene Lockhart
18-Jul-1891 31-Mar-1957 Algiers
Vincent Price
27-May-1911 25-Oct-1993 Master of the macabre
Gene Tierney
19-Nov-1920 6-Nov-1991 Laura
Cornel Wilde
13-Oct-1915 16-Oct-1989 A Song to Remember
Chill Wills
18-Jul-1903 15-Dec-1978 The Alamo


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


Review by anonymous (posted on 22-Aug-2006)

Simply stunning in terms of the acting, scenery and score. From the opening the rousing score suggests impending doom and foreboding. The viewer is quickly lulled into a false sense of serenity as the camera concentrates on the immortal beauty of Helen (Gene Tierney) asleep. The story unfolds to reveal Helen as a jealous and selfish creature who will destroy anything threatening her total dominance of Richard (Cornel Wilde). Helens' obesession is heightened by the fact that she percieves Richard as the re-incarnation of her recently deceased father whom she adored and "smothered to death". The victims of the tragic chain of events unfolding include Ruth, Helen's step sister played superbly by Jeanne Crain and Danny, Richard's younger crippled brother. Although the film doesn't follow the book exactly, there is very little lost in the way of a key storyline and the intensity required. "Back of the Moon" is the perfect location where most of the action is based. One slight criticism would be that Cornel Wilde's acting is rather wooden in places where the drama is unfolding, otherwise it is a classic thriller.

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