Sunday, June 9, 2013

All This, and Heaven too 1940

All This, and Heaven Too     Adapted from a best-selling novel by Rachel Field.  Henriette Deluzy is hired as a governess to educate and care for the four children of the Duc and Duchesse de Praslin in France.  She saves the life of their son by nursing him through a near-death illness and the three daughters love her.  The Duchesse does not feel the same way, she mistrusts anyone who comes near the Duc and becomes insanely jealous.
      Somewhat like Jane Eyre except the wife should be but is not kept in a separate wing of the home.  This is over the top in melancholy and long but not dull.  It is a surprise to see June Lockhart as the oldest daughter.  She started her acting career in 1938 and was 15 years old in this film.  3 ½* (I liked this movie)

141 min, Drama directed by Anatole Litvak with Bette Davis, Charles Boyer, Jeffrey Lynn, Barbara O’Heil, Virginia Weidler, Helen Wrestley, June Lockhart, Ian Keith.

Note:  Imdb 7.4 out of 10, 83% critic 81% audience on Rotten Tomatoes.

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