Sunday, October 18, 2009
LEAVE HER TO HEAVEN (1945)
Leave Her to Heaven (1945). Noir. Cast: Gene Tierney, Cornel Wilde, Jeanne Crain, with Vincent Price, Darryl Hickman, and Chill Wills.
Based on the novel written by Ben Ames Williams. LEAVE HER TO HEAVEN, is one of my favorite psychological thrillers . The story begins when young writer Richard Harland (Cornel Wilde), meets beautiful Ellen Berent (Gene Tierney) on a train. They fall into whirlwind romance and are married. Harland soon finds his married to a woman whose insane jealousy, causes misery or death to all those who stand in her way. First his handicapped brother, then his unborn son are taken away from him. Over time, he realizes that his wife's insane jealousy is the the cause of all the tragedies in his life. But... nobody, can guess what she has planned for the rest them. Tierney's performance is very chilling.
Tierney said "Leave Her to Heaven" was "the best role she ever had and it was also her favorite film."
Some of the beautiful ranch scenes were filmed in Sedona, Arizona.