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Rage in Heaven Details


A Rage in Heaven was based on a novel by James Hilton, who thanks to James Hilton and James Hilton was a "hot property" in 1941. Going through many of the same paces he'd trod in James Hilton, Robert Montgomery stars as British steel mill owner Philip Monrell, whose outward charm and insouciance disguises the fact that he suffers from hereditary insanity. Throughout his life, Monrell has successfully sidestepped responsibility by hiding behind the accomplishments of his best friend, Ward Andrews (George Sanders). When he marries Stella Bergen (Ingrid Bergman), his mother's pretty travelling companion, the neurotic Monrell becomes obsessed with the belief that Andrews is trying to steal Stella away from him-and thanks to his paranoia, Andrews and Stella do indeed fall in love. Unsuccessful in his efforts to murder Andrews, Monrell decides to exact a bizarre revenge by committing suicide and planting enough clues so that Andrews will be charged with his murder! Though absent from the final half-hour of A Rage in Heaven, Robert Montgomery continues to dominate the proceedings; indeed, for a while it looks as though he will "win" in the end after all. Making her third Hollywood film appearance, Ingrid Bergman felt that the role of Stella Bergen was inadequately suited to her and did her best to drop out of the picture; reportedly, she was mollified when MGM promised to let her play against type as the "bad" girl in Ingrid Bergman. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Awarded by
National Board of Review Ingrid Bergman Best Acting 1941 Winner
National Board of Review Robert Montgomery Best Acting 1941 Winner


Robert Montgomery
as Philip Monrell
Ingrid Bergman
as Stella Bergen
George Sanders
as Ward Andrews
Lucile Watson
as Mrs. Monrell
Oscar Homolka
as Dr. Rameau
Philip Merivale
as Mr. Higgins
Matthew Boulton
as Ramsbotham
Aubrey Mather
as Clark
Frederic Worlock
as Solicitor-General
Francis Compton
as Bardsley
Gilbert Emery
as Mr. Black
Lawrence Grant
as British Consul
Leonard Carey
as Eric the Chauffeur
Frank Shannon
David Thursby
Victor Kendall
as Dr. Boudin
Colin Kenny
as Warden
David Clyde
as Workers' Delegate
Olaf Hytten
as Hotel Clerk
Guy Kingsford
as Clerk
Clive Morgan
as Traveling Salesman
Bobby Hale
Holmes Herbert
as Judge
Harry Cording
Lillian Kemble-Cooper
as Nurse
Pat O'Malley
as Worker
Harry Allen
as Jury Foreman
Jean del Val
as Porter
Damian O'Flynn
Leyland Hodgson
Art Dupuis
as Taxi Driver
Pat Moriarity
Wyndham Standing
as Dr. McTernan


W.S. Van Dyke
Gottfried Reinhardt
Christopher Isherwood
Robert Thoeren
Oliver Marsh
Bronislau Kaper
Composer (Music Score)
Harold Kress
Cedric Gibbons
Art Director
Edwin B. Willis
Set Designer
Costume Designer