Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Good Heavens!

I've decided to do a short series in tribute to all those classic films that contain "Heaven" in the title. Why? Because they always get mangled in my brain and I confuse one title with the other. Watching each and writing about them will help me sort them in my mind. Plus it will be a fun project.

It often feels like there are hundreds of "Heaven" movies. Perhaps because there are also so many contemporary ones. However, there are really only 5 main ones (and various lesser-known ones). And they are...

  1. All This, and Heaven Too (1940) - Bette Davis & Charles Boyer
  2. All That Heaven Allows (1956) - Rock Hudson & Jane Wyman
  3. Heaven Can Wait (1943) - Gene Tierney & Don Ameche
  4. Heaven Knows, Mrs. Allison (1957) - Robert Mitchum & Deborah Kerr
  5. Leave Her to Heaven (1946) - Gene Tierney & Cornel Wilde
How many of the "Heaven" movies have you seen? Which one is your favorite?

I'm going to guess that Ginger's favorite is #5? Seeing as it has her favorite actress plus her current crush.

Stay tuned for more!


  1. I think I've only "All this, and heaven too" but I did like it.

  2. I loved Vincent Price in Leave Her to Heaven!!

  3. Leave Her To Heaven is the only one I have seen of those. Gosh she's evil, and surely one of the best looking psychopaths in movie history.

  4. Of the titles you listed...Heaven Knows Mister Allison would be my favorite.

    Another favorite movie of mine with 'Heaven' in the title is a fairly recent movie (1985) called 'Heaven Help Us' mainly beacuse it reminded me so much of my schoolyears.

    There is another film that is one of my all time favorite movies but alas it does not have 'Heaven' in the title. But Heaven as a place features prominently in the film....Here Comes Mr. Jordan.

    Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you Raquelle.

  5. I'll look forward to what you have to say on All This, and Heaven - I love this film and it's not one that's been written on much.. Anatole Litvak is a fascinating guy.

    The other films on the list are all good too.. I should probably jump in with another few great possibilities but I know it's hard holding up a blog etc while working too and wouldn't want to add to the work!

    Best and have a great Christmas!


  6. I haven't seen any of those yet, but #1 is definitely on my list of things to see soon.

  7. Leave to Heaven is my favorite on that list for Gene and her deeply demented performance and the amazing technicolor in the film. The outdoor scenery is beautiful, but the closeup scenes of Gene on the train is like a painting. The film is often included on noir lists, and I can see that, but it is a 180 in terms of its color palette, no dark alleys, dimly lit bars, or rain slicked streets, just blazing 40's supersaturated technicolor. AKA, I love the look of this film! :-)

  8. Nicole - Cool! I'm looking forward to seeing it.

    Jennchez- Isn't Vincent Price just dreamy in that film?

    Jonas - Hell yeah!

    Mark - I can't find your comment anywhere. But thanks for the heads up on a Heaven movie I missed.

    John - I loved Here Comes Mr. Jordan. Such a great film. Montgomery was wonderful in it.

    Man without a Star- Blogging is NEVER work for me. It's always a fun activity I do in my spare time. Don't look at blogging as extra work, otherwise you'll never want to do it.

    Princess - Let me know when you do see one of them.

    Operator 99 - I can see Leave Her to Heaven as a color film noir. Kind of like Niagara.

  9. Good idea for a series, Raquelle. Best of luck with it. :)

    "I'm going to guess that Ginger's favorite is #5? Seeing as it has her favorite actress plus her current crush."


    Actually, I haven't even seen it yet! :)

    Due to Tierney and Price, it's been in my Netflix queue for months now, but a few days ago, due to Cornel, it got bumped to number one...I'm really excited about it! :)

  10. Ginger! You haven't seen Leave Her to Heaven? I'm glad at least it's at the top of your Netflix queue. Enjoy watching Gene Tierney play an evil bitch!


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