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Leave Her to Heaven

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Original title
Leave Her to Heaven
Running time
110 min.
United States United States
Jo Swerling (Novel: Ben Ames Williams)
Alfred Newman
Leon Shamroy
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20th Century-Fox
Drama. Mystery | Melodrama. Jealousy
Movie Groups
Ben Ames Williams' Adaptations
Synopsis / Plot
Ellen Berent (Gene Tierney) meets and falls desperately in love with Richard Harland (Cornell Wilde), an author who resembles her late father. Ellen is pathologically possessive of Richard, jealous of anyone who he pays the slightest attention to. In order to be completely alone with him, she convinces him to live in a isolated, but beautiful lakeside home in a spot called "Back of the Moon. " She dismisses the local handyman and then drowns his crippled half-brother Danny (Darryl Hickman). To Richard's delight, Ellen becomes pregnant. Ellen, resentful of the restriction caused by the pregnancy and afraid that she will lose some of Richard's love and attention, causes a miscarriage by throwing herself down the stairs. Ellen also becomes insanely jealous of her foster sister Ruth (Jeanne Crain), who is open and uncomplicated and soon becomes Richard's friend... Filmed in an incredibly rich Technicolor.
1945: Oscar: Best Cinematography - color. 4 Nominations
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