Leave Her to Heaven

Leave Her to Heaven

Directed by John M. Stahl • 1945 • United States
Starring Gene Tierney, Cornel Wilde, Jeanne Crain

Novelist Richard Harland (Cornel Wilde) seems to have found the perfect woman in Ellen (Gene Tierney), a beautiful socialite who initiates a whirlwind romance and steers him into marriage before he can think twice. Yet the glassy surface of Ellen’s devotion soon reveals monstrous depths, as Richard comes to realize that his wife is shockingly possessive and may be capable of destroying anyone who comes between them. A singular Hollywood masterpiece that draws freely from the women’s picture and film noir alike, LEAVE HER TO HEAVEN boasts elegant direction by melodrama specialist John M. Stahl, blazing Technicolor cinematography by Leon Shamroy, and a chilling performance by Tierney, whose Ellen is a femme fatale unlike any other—a woman whose love is as pure as it is poisonous.

Leave Her to Heaven
  • Leave Her to Heaven

    Directed by John M. Stahl • 1945 • United States
    Starring Gene Tierney, Cornel Wilde, Jeanne Crain

    Novelist Richard Harland (Cornel Wilde) seems to have found the perfect woman in Ellen (Gene Tierney), a beautiful socialite who initiates a whirlwind romance and steers him into marriage before he...

Extras

  • Imogen Sara Smith on LEAVE HER TO HEAVEN

    The following interview with film critic Imogen Sara Smith, author of “In Lonely Places: Film Noir Beyond the City,” was recorded in New York in November 2019.