Leave Her to Heaven (1945)

Leave Her to Heaven

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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 … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Jo Swerling
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 22, 2005
Runtime:

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Cast


as Ellen Berent Harlan

as Richard Harland

as Russell Quinton

as Ruth Berent

as Mrs. Berent

as Glen Robie

as Dr. Saunders

as Dr. Mason

as Danny Harland

as Leick Thorne

as Mrs. Robie

as Catterson

as Medcraft

as Lin Robie

as Tess Robie

as Nurse

as Fisherwoman

as Cook at Robie's Ranc...

as Sheriff

as Conductor
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Critic Reviews for Leave Her to Heaven

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (7)

Stahl's use of space and the performances in Leave Her to Heaven...suggest he was at least the equal of the much-exalted Sirk as an artist of melodrama.

Full Review… | March 6, 2009
New York Post
Top Critic

Tierney's Ellen Berent [is] one of cinema's most chilling psychopaths.

Full Review… | March 3, 2009
Village Voice
Top Critic

As for the brother's death, with Ellen looking on coolly in white robe and shades, it remains one of the most perturbing in the history of Hollywood.

Full Review… | March 2, 2009
New Yorker
Top Critic

Has emotional power in the jealousy theme but it hasn't been as forcefully interpreted by the leads as it could have been in more histrionically capable hands.

Full Review… | May 30, 2008
Variety
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Stahl is totally in control, his precise pacing and compositions lending a persuasive dimension of amour fou, while Leon Shamroy's camerawork makes each image a purring pleasure on the eye.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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A piece of cheap fiction done up in Technicolor and expensive sets.

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
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Audience Reviews for Leave Her to Heaven

½

Loved it!

brooklynspo
Bob Stinson

Super Reviewer

Gene Tierney plays the woman who's got it all ... except upstairs between her ears, and Cornel Wilde and Jeanne Crain endeavor mightily to tolerate her. They hardly can bear up. Vincent Price does a great job however as an abusive District Attorney, stealing the film. The action happens in that popular magazine cover perfect world that ruled in Hollywood film at that time. There's one scene, for instance, where Tierney, supposed pregnant (altho that's impossible to see) looks in a mirror horrified: "I look terrible," she says, when she doesn't look that way at all, when nothing in the film looks that way.

ApeneckFletcher
Apeneck Fletcher

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Gene Tierney succeeds playing against character, substituting her angelic presence for a childish, treacherous and venomous femme fatale. Noir in blazing technicolor, beautifully shot.

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Pierluigi Puccini

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