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Leave Her to Heaven Details


Gene Tierney portrays a beautiful but unstable woman who marries successful novelist Cornel Wilde. Tierney wants to spend all her time with her new husband, but finds it impossible to do so thanks to his work and the frequent visits of family and friends. When Wilde's crippled younger brother (Darryl Hickman) comes to the couple's summer house to stay, Ms. Tierney indirectly causes the boy to drown. Later, upon discovering that she's pregnant, Tierney deliberately falls down the stairs, choosing to miscarry rather than share her husband's affections with an infant. When it becomes clear that family friend Jeanne Crain is attracted to her husband, Ms. Tierney commits suicide, making her death appear to be murder and framing Crain for the "crime." In court, Ms. Crain is mercilessly grilled by prosecuting attorney Vincent Price, who happens to be Tierney's ex-lover! Filmed in lush Technicolor, Leave Her to Heaven is based on the best-selling novel by Ben Ames Williams. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:December 20, 1945


Awarded by
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Maurice Ransford Best Color Art Direction 1945 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Gene Tierney Best Actress 1945 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Lyle Wheeler Best Color Art Direction 1945 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Leon Shamroy Best Color Cinematography 1945 Winner


Gene Tierney
as Ellen Berent
Cornel Wilde
as Richard Harland
Jeanne Crain
as Ruth Berent
Vincent Price
as Russell Quinton
Ray Collins
as Glen Robie
Gene Lockhart
as Dr. Saunders
Reed Hadley
as Dr. Mason
Darryl Hickman
as Danny Harland
Chill Wills
as Leick Thome
Paul Everton
as Judge
Olive Blakeney
as Mrs. Robie
Addison Richards
as Bedford
Harry Depp
as Catterson
Grant Mitchell
as Carlson
Milton Parsons
as Mortician Medcraft
Earl Schenck
as Norton
Hugh Maguire
as Lin Robie
Jim Farley
as Conductor
Audrey Betz
as Cook at Robie's Ranch
Mae Marsh
as Fisherwoman
Guy Beach
as Sheriff
Charles Tannen
as Man


John M. Stahl
Jo Swerling
Leon Shamroy
Alfred Newman
Composer (Music Score)
James B. Clark
Lyle Wheeler
Production Designer
Maurice Ransford
Production Designer
Kay Nelson
Costume Designer
Fred Sersen
Special Effects