Copyright © Fandango. Davis and Boyer are good, but it's Barbara O'Neil who stands out as Boyer's neurotic and obsessive wife. All This, and Heaven Too is a 1940 epic from Warner Brothers intended as that studio's answer to Gone With the Wind from the year before. All This, and Heaven Too "Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie onDecember 15, 1941 with Charles Boyer and Bette Davis reprising their film roles. All This and Heaven Too Movie Review. While not perfect, the story and romance suck you right in and make it hard to stop watching. Bette Davis, corseted to within an inch of her life, is hired as governess by the Duc de Something, played with smoldering eyes by Charles Boyer. Enter your location to see which movie theaters are playing All This and Heaven Too near you. But by 1847 it had grown corrupt, and it was suffering a series a serious scandals. But, the students aren't paying any attention. There are other sturdy character actors throughout to aid the film. Bette Davis, late in life, told Boze Hadleigh in one of her numerous interviews with him that she could not be accused of repeating herself. Film, Action and adventure. Theo and Henriette, predictably, begin to fall in love, which further complicates things, sending the crazy wife into even more rages of insanity. however, she never wrote or directed. (Who was also corseted to within an inch of his receding hairline. I would recomend this movie to every one. Helene Deluzy-Desportes. She plays a restrained character who tolerates abuse and bad behavior of the duchess. However, the one who really spices things up is O'Neil. Movie Reviews. Soon, the children start to revere Davis, Boyer begins to turn to her for friendship and his mega-neurotic wife gets more and more jealous and unhinged until things start to get ugly. While "Now Voyager" and "All About Eve" may be more impressive (because she plays stronger characters) this is really a stunning, quiet, yet wonderful job. The real scene-stealer in this one is Barbara O'Neil (she was Scarlett O'Hara's demure mother). It's strange to imagine that anyone could upstage Bette Davis yet this is exactly what happens in this film. Henriette Deluzy(Davis)finds herself telling her melodramatic story to her new class of charges in America. All This and Heaven Too (1940) They don’t come much weepier than this one. She commits herself to the type of behavior that would have been appropriate for a woman of this standing and does very well. Perhaps a mite long, but on reflection I can't think of any part I would dare cut from it. When lovely and virtuous governess Henriette Deluzy comes to educate the children of the debonair Duc de Praslin, a royal subject to King Louis-Philippe and the husband of the volatile and obsessive Duchesse de Praslin, she instantly incurs the wrath of her mistress, who is insanely jealous of anyone who comes near her estranged husband. You can easily overlook that fault, because that is what to be expected. 9 - Excellent movie, a must see. (Her performance is good, but those false eyelashes that she wears are distracting! But there's poison, death, sickness and a great court room drama all in one! This was how they used to do it right! As Henriette, Davis is much more subdued than normal, and her performance is genuinely affecting: another victorious portrait added to her quickly growing gallery of unforgettable heroines and vixens. Watch All This And Heaven Too movie trailer and get the latest cast info, photos, movie review and more on TVGuide.com. The new addition to the family works her magic on everyone but the Duchesse. Movie Reviews; More. This was considered Warners big "prestige" picture for 194O, and it shows: no expense in the production costs were spared, it's an exceptionally finely crafted motion picture. All This, and Heaven Too is a film directed by Anatole Litvak with Bette Davis, Charles Boyer, Jeffrey Lynn, Barbara O'Neil .... Year: 1940. Charles Boyer is fine as the Duc; he and Davis have a most interesting, classy chemistry between them. 6 September 2006 | blanche-2 8 | Beautiful period piece from Warners. This is one of Davis' most subtle and quiet performances, and may just be my favourite film of hers yet. Finally, "Gone With the Wind" fan alert! "All This, and Heaven Too" is a delightful drama of tightly repressed passions in a dysfunctional, noble French household. The Acting Here Is Incredible Bette Davis And Charles Boyer Give Outstanding Performances Charles Boyers Voice Is Amazing And I Would Kill For It But That Accent Not So Much (What Was That). Based upon the popular 1937 novel written by Henriette Duluzy Desporte's grandneice, one Rachel Field, this movie was a prime vehicle for Bette Davis. All about All This, and Heaven Too (1940) English Cinema, Trailer, Video clips, All This, and Heaven Too Reviews, Expert Reviews, Story, Photo Gallery, Trivia & Goofups and All This, and Heaven Too Songs. Based on one user review. I saw this movie a long time ago - perhaps 50 years to be exact and that time I was not able to comment on it, except of course "I liked it" or not. It is based on the first half of the book by the same name which was written by Henriette’s great niece. Original title: All This, and Heaven Too. The movie runs in a very good pace and the only negative point is the anachronism fault, I mean the ball scene where we listen to "The Merry Widow". I preferred Ms. Davis in her "good woman" roles, like in "The Petrified Forest", "Dark Victory", and "Now Voyager", perhaps because I liked her so much, I wanted to root for her characters. The actual relationship between the governess and the Duc remains questioned, although most believe she was his lover. Finally, whatever the cause, Theobald beat Fanny to death, and tried to make it look like a burglar did it. Comments Show all. Warner’s publicity department even bragged that this movie had more sets than GWTW. A great change-of-pace for the legendary actress. I saw the movie ALL THIS AND HEAVEN TOO when it first came out back in the early 1940s. The boy that played the son did have this awful southern accent but was supposed to be British. But she was extremely convincing in her "vixen" parts, as well. Bette Davis Filmography Watch: Movie #59: All This, And Heaven Too. Supposedly the marriage had collapsed due to the growing relationship between Theobald and the children's governess, Mlle. Cast + Crew; Awards; Saturday, July 13, 1940; 2 hr 23 min Drama; Tell us where you are Looking for movie tickets? First of all, she's sweet and kind, soft-spoken and rather docile. Charles Boyer plays this role in which he commits suicide. If you're looking for a chain-smoking, scenery-chewing Bette Davis, this is not the movie for you. director Anatole Litvak takes the rap for transcribing Rachel Field's earnest novel to the screen without a scriptwrtier's necessary streamlining. All This and Heaven Too may not be great drama, but it's a jim-dandy melodrama -- the kind of "women's picture" that's a real guilty pleasure. The aforementioned kids are all excellent, but special mention must go to the spectacularly adorable Nichols. But now I have just seen it I can say it's a dark picture but plenty of love. All of this builds momentum until a climactic crime of passion takes a life. Unfortunately, there are too many words and not enough music. yes, this is a man's story, from the patriarchal point-of-view, even though seemingly everyone involved was capable of a more nuanced version of events. Bette Davis plays Henriette Deluzy-Desportes, a governess in 19th Century France, who lands a position working for Theo, Duc De Praslin (Charles Boyer) and his family. Anatole Litvak directs with tact and restraint this period melodrama (a woman's picture) about a governess who falls for her employer-nobleman. It tells an adult story in a genuinely moving way. The childern adore the new, spirited governess, but Boyer's psycho bitch wife, the Duchesse (Barbara O'Neil), is resentful of Henriette's intrusion into the family. All This and Heaven Too Adapted From:All This and Heaven Too by Rachel Fields DirectorAnatole Litvak Actors:Bette Davis, Charles Boyer, Jeffrey Lynn Release Date:July 13, 1940. Barbara O'Neil played the reverse role from Gone with the Wind, where she played the quiet, calm, maternal figure, (Scarlett's mother), and her daughter was the loud, uncouth and jealous one. A duchess' irrational behavior toward the governess of her children triggers tragic events that will change her family's lives forever. The story slowly builds and shifts until we begin to see a budding romance between the Duc (Boyer) and the school teacher (Davis). Barbara O'Neil dominates it from beginning to end. With Bette Davis, Charles Boyer, Jeffrey Lynn, Barbara O'Neil. Interesting to see June Lockhart as a teen-ager as Isabelle de Praslin. Davis portrays her character with quiet dignity, and the all around great cast works well together. 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