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.