Leave Her to Heaven

Leave Her to Heaven

DVD - 2004
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An extremely possessive woman will do whatever it takes to keep her husband all to herself, even murder. Based on the best-selling novel by Ben Ames Williams.

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SusyHendrix
Aug 29, 2020

This is essentially a romantic melodrama that mutates into a nightmarish noir. It's very dark and borderline nihilistic, but no doubt a masterpiece. Highly recommended.

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jonzi
Aug 03, 2020

one-of-a-kind technicolor nightmare, paced to perfection.

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voisjoe1_0
Jul 05, 2020

This 1945 sociopathic-filled film could be easily a different black and white film noir with fear, dread and evil portrayed by means of German expressionistic shadows and lights so common and magnificent during this period. Instead, Fox decided to produce the film in rare color where the evil had to mostly be produced by the excessive red lipstick and piercing green eyes. It became one of Hollywood's best moneymakers. This Criterion version includes an excellent supplement discussing the difference in style between two prominent types of drama, melodrama and film noir.

🧼 Leon Shamroy, the cinematographer, is the real star of this magnificently shot Technicolor film. Gene Tierney is gorgeous in Technicolor, and her pictures were really well developed, if you know what I mean, and I think you do. The acting is rather understated and almost formal, until we get to the contrasting climactic trial scene, with Vincent Price delivering thickly sliced ham as the overwrought DA, reminding me of Raymond Burr in a similar role in "A Place in the Sun." The central plot gimmick is one that could be used today by "The Young & the Restless," and I dare them to do it. Notice Cornel Wilde's "fishing shack" in Maine, the ranch house in Taos, and the house in Bar Harbor, shot on location. The careful lighting and Technicolor make them look like some kind of heightened reality. Is it a soap opera, or film noir shot in broad daylight? Only one person can decide, and that's you. Recommended.

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iloveseaotters
May 26, 2019

Perhaps I misread the synopsis, but I found this movie to be rather disturbing. I was hoping for a romance, but it was very dark and there was very little, if any romance involved. The beginning of the film was rather slow, but it definitely picked up during the last half. Great acting, and the highlight of the film was by far Vincent Price as the attorney in the court room. If you like suspense and intrigue, give this one a try.

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Derringer
Nov 07, 2018

Released back in 1946 - "Leave Her To Heaven" is a Technicolor "fatal attraction" story that made its first big mistake by taking itself way too seriously.

This movie's second sizable blunder was believing that its 2 beautiful stars, Gene Tierney and Cornel Wilde, could actually carry this picture's contrived plot-line on their good looks, alone.

There really doesn't appear to be too much concern here, at all, about whether or not Tierney and Wilde had the necessary acting abilities that were required to support the lopsided weightiness of this film's melodramatic story.

LPL_TriciaK Jan 26, 2018

This film is perfect for when you need a movie where there are really really good people and really really messed-up people. Gene Tierney is pure glam and gorgeousness - you'll also get a kick out of the Vincent Price appearance. Directed by John Stahl - if you like this, try one of his other big films : Imitation of Life.

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ManMachine
Nov 19, 2017

(*Most memorable movie-quote*) - "Yes! She was that sort of monster!!"

Keeping the above movie-quote firmly in mind - You can be sure that "Leave Her To Heaven" was, indeed, yet another 1940's monster movie where (this time around) the "monstrous one" was none other than the immaculately groomed, Hollywood, glamour-girl, Gene Tierney, whose wooden performance made Frankenstein's clumsy lumbering around look like high-energy aerobics by comparison.

Boy-oh-Boy!! - 70 years ago - This film's preposterous story-line may have worked its deceitful charm on its gullible audience. But, hey! - Let me tell ya - Today - Its painfully contrived and laughably predictable story repeatedly gave itself away at every plot twist and turn - Yeah - Right up to its over-the-top finale of a "courtroom-drama" showdown that took scenery-chewing to a whole new level of camp and kitsch.

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patch666
May 02, 2017

Gene Tierney is so beautiful!!!!

Vincent T Lombardo Dec 01, 2015

A suspenseful, terrific melodrama! The screenplay is excellent, and the cast is wonderful, particularly Gene Tierney, who is beautiful, sexy, beguiling -- and evil!

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