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All This, and Heaven Too (1940)




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An incredibly long but never dull adaptation of the Rachel Field best-seller, All This and Heaven Too was based on a once-notorious European scandal. Star Bette Davis, playing Henriette Deluzy-Desportes, is first seen as a French schoolteacher in a 19th century American seminary. When her supervisor, Reverend Henry Mortyn Field (Jeffrey Lynn), has questions to ask about her tainted past, Henriette relates her story in flashback. She had been hired by French duke De Praslin (Charles Boyer) to be the governess for his children. De Praslin's wife (Barbara O'Neil) was insanely jealous, so much so she inadvertently threw De Praslin and Henriette together. Henriette was willing to leave rather than cause more discord, but the influential wife vengefully refused to write a letter of recommendation (a bravura scene). Later, the impoverished Henriette was arrested as an accomplice in the murder of De Praslin's wife. The latter's position in French society stirred up volatile political ramifications, with Henriette innocently in the center of the storm. De Praslin committed suicide, exonerating Henriette on his deathbed, but she had already been condemned in the court of public opinion. Disgraced, she left for America to start life anew, which brings the story back to the present. Unable to continue running away from herself, Henriette confesses her past indiscretions to her students -- who promptly forgive her. Casey Robinson had a hell of a job adapting Rachel Field's cumbersome novel, but, by golly, he pulled it off. The performances in All This and Heaven Too are enhanced immeasurably by the lush Max Steiner musical score.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Romance, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Rachel Field, Casey Robinson
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 1, 2008
Warner Bros. Pictures


Bette Davis
as Henriette Desportes
Charles Boyer
as Duke De Praslin
Jeffrey Lynn
as Rev. Henry Field
Helen Westley
as Mme. Le Maire
Barbara O'Neil
as Duchesse de Praslin
George Coulouris
as Charpentier
June Lockhart
as Isabelle
Fritz Lieber
as Abbe Galiard
Sibyl Harris
as Mlle. Maillard
Janet Beecher
as Miss Haines
Montagu Love
as Marechal Sebastiani
Henry Daniell
as Broussels
Fritz Leiber
as Abbe Gallard
Ian Keith
as Delangle
Ann Todd
as Berthe
Frank Reicher
as Police official
Victor Kilian
as Gendarme
Edward Fielding
as Dr. Louis
Ann Gillis
as Emily Schuyler
Mary Anderson
as Rebecca Jay
Peggy Stewart
as Helen Lexington
Cora Sue Collins
as Louise de Rham
Betty Jane Graham
as Clara Parker
Madge Crane
as Mme. Gauthier
Betty Jean Hainey
as Elizabeth Ward
Ann Howard
as Isabelle Loullard
Marilyn Knowlden
as Marianna Van Horn
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Critic Reviews for All This, and Heaven Too

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (3)

Unfortunately, there are too many words and not enough music.

Full Review… | February 3, 2012
New York Times
Top Critic

Heaven is film theatre at its best.

Full Review… | February 3, 2012
Top Critic

It's a pretty long, gloomy haul, though lavishly mounted (with photography by Ernest Haller) and sensitively acted.

Full Review… | February 3, 2012
Time Out
Top Critic

A classic of unrequited love.

Full Review… | January 31, 2012
TV Guide's Movie Guide

The film was critically acclaimed but because of its overlong 143 minutes and grim story line, it was not the blockbuster the studio hoped for.

Full Review… | May 6, 2010
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Anatole Litvak directs with tact and restraint this period melodrama (a woman's picture) about a governess who falls for her employer-nobleman. Davis and Boyer are good, but it's Barbara O'Neil who stands out as Boyer's neurotic and obsessive wife.

Full Review… | February 1, 2008

Audience Reviews for All This, and Heaven Too


all this, and heaven too" is a tear-jerking over sentimentalized vehicle of miss bette davis, intended to showcase miss davis' caliber of benevolent characters instead of her trademarked roles as malevolent shrews like "little foxes", "jazebel" and "whatever happened to baby jane."..except the acting, everything about "all this, and heaven too" flops into a hygienized version of "jane eyre" without a bit of gothic allure, a tale of a prim governess' suppressed crush on her empolyer.

davis plays an idealistic young woman who comes to france serving an aristocratic family led by charles boyer, and she spreads warmth of love to his children that draws the bitter jealousy of the loveless wife(babara o'nell) who goes insane at any moment when the aristocrat endears the governess. then the fanatic wife gets rid of the governess then revenges her by not granting a letter of reference. eventually the aristocrat slaughters his wife in a fit of enormous rage.

the simmering romance between boyer and davis is like a smoldered stewed dish without emanation so it just stales with exceeding melodramaticity. the best moment in the flick would probably be the second charles boyer strikes barbara o'nell. and the children seem unpleasant with their galling sweetness, escpecially their pretentious french accent."

"all this, and heaven too" is a so-called woman's movie(or chic flick), but it all depends on whether you term womanhood as oppressive passion sealed under the conduction of puritanical virtues. perhaps an explosion would be more aggreeable than masochistic feminity.

Veronique Kwak

Super Reviewer

What a lovely Bette Davis film. I am a very big Bette Davis fan and love especially her films in the 30's and 40's. Charles Boyer from "Gas Light" another film gem is very good in this. Bette plays a governess in the 1800's whom falls in love with the children's father (Charles Boyer) whose wife is very shrill and often seems cruel. It is on my list of Bette favs.

Mason Williams

Super Reviewer

Another brilliant Bette Davis performance that unfortunately is not often viewed as part of her "cannon" of good works.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

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