Saturday, October 5, 2013

Leave Her To Heaven

Leave Her To Heaven
Released Date: December 20, 1945
Director: John M. Stahl
Actors: Gene Tierney, Cornel Wilde, Jeanne Crain, Vincent Price, Mary Philips, Ray Collins, Gene Lockhart, Reed Hadley, Darryl Hickman, and Chill Wills

     I watched this movie for the first time, two days ago. I have often said that when I turn on TCM at the beginning of a movie I have never seen before, I usually end up loving it. I received Now Playing and saw this in the magazine. I am going to try my hardest to watch all of Vincent Price's movies this month, and he is TCM's Star of the Month. Which is not too shocking, as this is October and he is a star of "scary" films. Some of the best!!! And certainly a Star that puts Edgar Allan Poe stories to life. Which is always amazing. This movie's title was taken from a line in William Shakespeare's story, Hamlet. Leave Her To Heaven was also made into a hour long Radio episode on Lux Radio Theater. If you have an IPhone, I would recommend to download three things, first, the TCM app which shows you movies for the week and highlights. Second download, the TCM Hollywood tour guide which shows you stars homes and also filming locations. And third download, the Lux Radio Theater app which has every season, if a radio year is called season, and it is totally worth every penny. I believe each app is 99 cents. But check it out and enjoy the awesomeness that is TCM and the Lux Radio programs are something I listen to every night. Love it!

     Have you ever loved someone so much that you became obsessive? Or how about so much, that the only person you want your loved one to be around is you, and only you! Family, forget about. Friends, forget about. Anyone!!! Even your own mother!!! That is how Ellen Berent Harland (Gene Tierney) fell in love. Hard!!! Tough love. Ellen meets her husband while at the family vacation house. Richard Harland (Cornel Wilde) is a famous author. He is there to write and ends up falling head over heels in love with Ellen. Ellen is there to scatter her late father's ashes, along with her sister Ruth Berent (Jeanne Crain) and their mother, who goes by Mrs. Berent (Mary Philips). All is going great, they spread the father/husband's ashes and enjoy a nice long holiday. You can tell that Ellen is falling for Richard and he is falling for her. But when the politician, Russell Quinton (Vincent Price) arrives, we realize that Ellen and Richard are getting married. Russell was engaged to Ellen and he found out that his marriage is canceled when he receives a telegram stating that she is to marry Richard. Russell is also a lawyer. They end up married rather quickly, as most classic movies do. And they go away to a quiet area to enjoy peace and quiet, so that Richard can continue writing and so that they can be alone. Which is how Ellen wants it. All trouble breaks loose after Richard's invalid brother, Danny Harland (Darryl Hickman) comes to stay. He has back trouble and can't live on his own. Well that, and he is a young boy, which makes it impossible for him to live alone. The rest of the movie will keep you on your toes, and will for sure shock you. I was!!! I don't want to give anything away, but I would highly recommend this movie to anyone who loves classic film, who loves any of the actors, and to anyone who is like me, and wants to enjoy any movie you can watch that stars Vincent Price. It is a great movie and one I enjoyed every minute of. Vincent Price, Cornel Wilde, Gene Tierney, and Jeanne Crain all give a great performance. 


  1. Hi, Coley!
    Thanks so much for the TCM App tips. I thought I had them all but I had no idea there was a Hollywood Tour Guide. Going to get that dl today. : )

    On to the film. While Gene Tierney was a very good actress I don't think she had the reach, range to carry off everything like some of her peers but with that said I think she held this film with the help of Wilde. Interesting match up for those two but I thought the script was a bit on the weak side. Loved your honest review of this one.

    It's great fun to see a film for the first time after reading about it, isn't it? And getting to watch a month of Price. There is nothing better than that. ha ha

    Have a great weekend!

    1. Thank you so much Page. I'm glad you found the other TCM app :) I love those things. lol. Like my movie and book collection, my apps are almost all based on Classic Film. I enjoy listening to the Lux Radio, do you have that one?

      The movie, I agree with you, I felt the same way about Tierney. Although, I have not seen so many of her movies, I do think her range is not as wide as a lot of other actors she has worked with. For example, Jeanne Crain had more range and of course Wilde and Price do too :)

      I enjoy Vincent Price a lot, and cannot wait to see his movies this month. I have not seen too many of his movies either, and to be honest, as much as I love Edgar Allan Poe, I have honestly not seen their movies. So this will be a fun month. Well year actually, since I have now started getting Now Playing, I will be seeing a lot more movies. Thank you again Page, and I hope you have an amazing week as well :)