almost 4 years
Eerie but spellbinding, thanks mostly to a laudable performance by Gene Tierney.
over 5 years
Gene Tierney in a rather shocking role. She plays a beautiful psychopath. A classic.
over 6 years
Preposterously OTT (in a good way), loses many points for production code pandering ending
Difficult to find a movie with such a dark theme and yet such beautiful cinematography.
Leave Her to Heaven is a 1945 American 20th Century Fox Technicolor film noir motion picture starring Gene Tierney, Cornel Wilde, Jeanne Crain, with Vincent Price, Darryl Hickman, and Chill Wills. The story revolves around a femme fatale who entraps a husband and commits several crimes motivated by her insane jealousy.
The story was adapted for the screen by Jo Swerling, having been based on the best selling novel of the same name authored by Ben Ames Williams. The film was directed by John M. Stahl. Tierney received an Oscar nomination as Best Actress in a Leading Role for this film. The film grossed over $5,000,000 and was Fox's highest-grossing picture of the 1940s.
The film starts by showing us the novelist Richard Harland (Cornel Wilde) who has been released and is traveling home after two years in prison. In a flashback (which runs for almost the whole duration of the film) we see how Richard meets beautiful socialite Ellen Berent (Gene Tierney) on a train. Ellen falls in love...