John M. Stahl

Leave Her to Heaven

Leave Her to Heaven

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 was restored by Twentieth Century Fox and the Academy Film Archive, with support from The Film Foundation.

Film Info

  • John M. Stahl
  • United States
  • 1945
  • 110 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.37:1
  • English
  • Spine #1020

Special Features

  • New 2K digital restoration by Twentieth Century Fox, the Academy Film Archive, and The Film Foundation, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New interview with critic Imogen Sara Smith
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by novelist Megan Abbott

New cover illustration by Flore Maquin

Purchase Options

Coming soon, available Mar 24, 2020

Special Features

  • New 2K digital restoration by Twentieth Century Fox, the Academy Film Archive, and The Film Foundation, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New interview with critic Imogen Sara Smith
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by novelist Megan Abbott

New cover illustration by Flore Maquin

Leave Her to Heaven
Cast
Gene Tierney
Ellen Berent Harland
Cornel Wilde
Richard Harland
Jeanne Crain
Ruth Berent
Vincent Price
Russell Quinton
Mary Philips
Mrs. Berent
Ray Collins
Glen Robie
Gene Lockhart
Dr. Saunders
Reed Hadley
Dr. Mason
Darryl Hickman
Danny Harland
Chill Wills
Leick Thorne
Credits
Director
John M. Stahl
Producer
William A. Bacher
Screenplay
Jo Swerling
Based on the novel by
Ben Ames
Director of photography
Leon Shamroy
Technicolor director
Natalie Kalmus
Art direction
Maurice Ransford
Art direction
Lyle Wheeler
Set decorations
Thomas Little
Editor
James B. Clark
Music
Alfred Newman
Orchestral arrangements
Edward B. Powell