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Leave Her to Heaven


Gene Tierney, Cornel Wilde, Jeanne Crain, Vincent Price View All


John M. Stahl (Director), Jo Swerling (Screenplay) View All

Release: Dec. 25th, 1945
Runtime: 1 hour, 50 minutes
A young novelist, Richard Harland, meets beautiful Ellen Berent on a train where they fall in love and are soon married. When tragedies take first his handicapped young brother, then his unborn son from him, Harland gradually realises that his wife's insane jealousy may be the cause of the tragedies in his life. Yet another shock awaits them all, as Ellen's emotions become uncontrollable.
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We see Ellen take her time getting dressed, she picks out aqua shoes and dresses in an aqua & white print negligee, which matches the wall paper.
While the film makes no bones about Ellen's status as villain, I did appreciate that there seem to be some nods toward the way that Richard--and to a lesser extent Ruth--behave in ways that seem almost engineered to upset her.
Richard and Ellen initially appear to be established as star-crossed lovers and we are actually kind of excited when she lies to her fiancee to get rid of him, but when Ellen's self-absorbed and obsessive behavior quietly bubbles to the surface, we then want to slap Richard and tell him to wake up b....