Leave Her to Heaven

Synopsis: Novelist Richard Harland and socialite Ellen Berent meet on a train to New Mexico. They are immediately attracted to each other, soon fall in love and decide to get married, about which everyone they know is happy except Ellen's fiancé back home, politician Russell Quinton. However, Richard and Ellen's love for each other is different than that of the other as Ellen demonstrates in the manner which she tells everyone of their impending marriage. Ellen's love for Richard is an obsessive, possessive one, much like the love she had for her now deceased father, who Richard physically resembles. Ellen wants Richard all to herself and resents anyone who even remotely takes a place in his life and heart, even if his love for that person is not a romantic one. These people include most specifically Richard's physically disabled teen-aged brother Danny Harland, Ellen's own adopted sister Ruth Berent, and a young man neither has gotten a chance to really know yet. After time, Richard learns to w
Director(s): John M. Stahl
Production: 20th Century Fox Film Corporation
  Won 1 Oscar. Another 4 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
110 min

We met on the train, rather briefly.

Too briefly.

I've got the car right here, folks.

Are you all ready? Come on.

- Did you say Harland?

- Richard Harland.

Oh, Mr. Harland, I'm terribly sorry.

I doubt if I'll ever forgive you.

Wait till you get a look

at the new colts.

Oh, I bet they're darling.

Ellen, we've got plenty

of wild turkey this year.


- Big as ostriches, twice as ornery.

Hope you people

are all good and hungry.

- Here we are.

- Mom, they're here! They're here!

- Welcome to Rancho Jacinto.

Thank you, Glen.

- Mother, isn't it wonderfuI?

- It's beautifuI.


Oh, my dear.


I did want to come to meet you...

...but I thought it best to stay here

to supervise dinner.

- Ellen, how are you?

- How are you?

Dick, it's so good seeing you.

But where's Danny?

- He couldn't quite make it, Louise.

- Oh, I'm terribly sorry.

- Is he still at Warm Springs?

- Yes, he's getting along fine.

Oh, good.

You'll probably want to change.

Come on, I'll show you your room.

Those trout

were in the stream hours ago.

- You couldn't get that in Boston.

Perhaps, but our codfish...

I was born and raised

in Boston myself.

I yield to no one

in my passion for codfish.

- I hate codfish.

- So do I.

- Children, that's rank disloyalty.

- It's treason.

Mr. Harland, what do you think?

Mrs. Robie,

I'm what you call a salmon man.

Fact of the matter is Mother

just doesn't like New Mexico.

Since this is my first visit, I don't see

how you can say such a thing.

It's true just the same.

Father and I used to come here

every spring, year after year.

And occasionally Ruth came along,

but never Mother.

Too bad Mr. Berent didn't come along

this time. I've been told I resemble him.

- Who told you that, Mr. Harland?

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Jo Swerling

Jo Swerling (April 8, 1897 – October 23, 1964) was an American theatre writer, lyricist and screenwriter. more…

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