Leave Her To Heaven

  • 1945
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Crime, Romance

The beautiful Tierney betrays her lovely countenance by playing one of the most evil creatures ever to slink across the screen. She meets and falls desperately in love with Wilde, an author who resembles her father. Tierney is pathologically possessive of Wilde, jealous of any and all who might share his affections. The two settle down in a rustic spot...read more

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The beautiful Tierney betrays her lovely countenance by playing one of the most evil creatures ever to slink across the screen. She meets and falls desperately in love with Wilde, an author who resembles her father. Tierney is pathologically possessive of Wilde, jealous of any and all who

might share his affections. The two settle down in a rustic spot called "Back of the Moon," but Tierney intends to have Wilde all to herself. She dismisses the local handyman and then drowns his crippled half-brother Hickman. Tierney becomes pregnant but cannot bear having a child in her life--it

which might divert some of Wilde's love from her--so she goes to the head of a staircase and purposely throws herself down, causing a miscarriage. Her foster sister, Crain, comes into her life, and Tierney begrudges even the smallest cordiality Wilde shows her. Tierney unburdens herself with

Wilde, telling him how she drowned Hickman and killed their child so they could always be together. Wilde, who's been thick-headed about his insane wife to this time--if not criminally negligent--shudders at her hideous confession and makes plans to rid himself of this cuckoo. Believing she will

soon lose Wilde to Crain, Tierney poisons herself in such a way as to put blame on her husband and foster sister. Both are tried, viciously prosecuted by Price, a former lover of the dead Tierney. His overreaching methods and sugarcoated portrait of Tierney--her story is told in flashback--are

obvious to the jury which frees Wilde and Crain of murder charges. However, Wilde is found guilty of being an accessory to Tierney's murders through not having revealed them following her confession to him. Crain is waiting for Wilde when he steps from prison. Tierney is fascinating as the

ravishing killer, but Wilde and Crain are too tame by comparison. Price is his usual flamboyant self. Stahl's direction is well done, and the lensing by Shamroy in rich color is lush and eye-pleasing, the focus soft enough in the location shots in Arizona, Georgia, and Maine to qualify as filmnoir. (The misunderstanding exists that if a film is shot in color instead of stark black-and-white it cannot exist as genuine film noir. This, of course, is nonsense; film noir is dictated by the script and character development, not the technical process, although much in this special film

category has been shot in the traditional black-and-white.)

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