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An incredibly long but never dull adaptation of the Rachel Field best-seller, All This and Heaven Too was based on a once-notorious European scandal. Star Bette Davis, playing Henriette Deluzy-Desportes, is first seen as a French schoolteacher in a 19th century American seminary. When her supervisor, Reverend Henry Mortyn Field (Jeffrey Lynn), has questions to ask about her tainted past, Henriette relates her story in flashback. She had been hired by French duke De Praslin (Charles Boyer) to be the governess for his children. De Praslin's wife (Barbara O'Neil) was insanely jealous, so much so she inadvertently threw De Praslin and Henriette together. Henriette was willing to leave rather than cause more discord, but the influential wife vengefully refused to write a letter of recommendation (a bravura scene). Later, the impoverished Henriette was arrested as an accomplice in the murder of De Praslin's wife. The latter's position in French society stirred up volatile political ramifications, with Henriette innocently in the center of the storm. De Praslin committed suicide, exonerating Henriette on his deathbed, but she had already been condemned in the court of public opinion. Disgraced, she left for America to start life anew, which brings the story back to the present. Unable to continue running away from herself, Henriette confesses her past indiscretions to her students -- who promptly forgive her. Casey Robinson had a hell of a job adapting Rachel Field's cumbersome novel, but, by golly, he pulled it off. The performances in All This and Heaven Too are enhanced immeasurably by the lush Max Steiner musical score. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:July 13, 1940

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Ernest Haller Best Black and White Cinematography 1940 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Barbara O'Neil Best Supporting Actress 1940 Nominee

Cast

Bette Davis
as Henriette Deluzy Desportes
Charles Boyer
as Duke De Praslin
Jeffrey Lynn
as Reverend Henry Mortyn Field
Barbara O'Neil
as Duchesse de Praslin
Virginia Weidler
as Louise
Helen Westley
as Mme. La Maire
Walter Hampden
as Pasquier
George Coulouris
as Charpentier
Harry Davenport
as Pierre
Montagu Love
as Marechal Sebastiani
Janet Beecher
as Miss Haines
June Lockhart
as Isabelle
Ann E. Todd
as Berthe
Fritz Leiber
as Abbe Gallard
Ian Keith
as Delangle
Sibyl Harris
as Mlle. Maillard
Edward Fielding
as Dr. Louis
Mary Anderson
as Rebecca Jay
Ann Gillis
as Emily Schuyler
Peggy Stewart
as Helen Lexington
Victor Kilian
as Gendarme
Virginia Brissac
Claire Du Brey
as Nun
Mary Forbes
Brenda Fowler
as Nun
Natalie Moorhead
as Lady
Henry Daniell
as Broussais
Egon Brecher
as Doctor
Cora Sue Collins
as Louise de Rham
Creighton Hale
as Officer
Ann Howard
as Isabelle Loullard
Marilyn Knowlden
as Marianna Van Horn
Frank Reicher
as Police official
Christian Rub
as Loti
Creighton Hale
as Officer
Egon Brecher
as Doctor
Cora Sue Collins
as Louise de Rham
Frank Reicher
as Police official
Marilyn Knowlden
as Marianna Van Horn
Ann Howard
as Isabelle Loullard
Henry Daniell
as Broussais
Natalie Moorhead
as Lady
Claire Du Brey
as Nun
Brenda Fowler
as Nun

Crew

Anatole Litvak
Director
Hal B. Wallis
Producer
Jack L. Warner
Producer
Casey Robinson
Screenwriter
Rachel Field
Book Author
Ernest Haller
Cinematographer
Leo F. Forbstein
Musical Direction/Supervision
Max Steiner
Composer (Music Score)
Warren Low
Editor
Orry-Kelly
Costume Designer
Perc Westmore
Makeup
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