Set in 19th-century France, this lush romantic drama stars Bette Davis as a governess for nobleman Charles Boyer's family. After she falls for her employer, she soon begins a forbidden affair. But when Boyer's jealous wife meets a bloody end, the pair are accused of being responsible. What follows is a shocking tale of love, passion, and despair.
Bette Davis stars as the lovely and virtuous governess Henriette Deluzy in the film version of Rachel Field's epic historical romance novel ALL THIS AND HEAVEN TOO. Charles Boyer is charming and ultimately heartbreaking as the debonair Duc de Praslin, a royal subject to King Louis-Philippe and the husband of the volatile and obsessive Duchesse de Praslin (intensely played by Barbara O'Neil). When Henriette comes to educate the duke and duchess's children, she instantly incurs the wrath of her mistress, who is insanely jealous of anyone who comes near her estranged husband. Though she saves the duchess's little son from a near-death illness and warms herself to all the children, she is nevertheless dismissed by the vengeful duchess. Meanwhile, the attraction between the duke and Henriette continues to grow, eventually leading to tragedy. Director Anatole Litvak's gripping drama bears the distinction of featuring Davis in a unusually innocent and endearing role.
When the lovely and mysterious Henriette Deluzy (Bette Davis) becomes governess to a Parisian family fraught with marital and political conflict, her devotion to the family's children and their father (Charles Boyer) is threatened by the mad obsession of the children's mother (Barbara O'Neil). A scandal quickly ensues, placing Henriette at the center of scandalous rumors.
Theatrical release: July 1940.
One year before ALL THIS AND HEAVEN TOO, Barbara O'Neil played the mother of another high-strung beauty, Scarlet O'Hara in GONE WITH THE WIND.
ALL THIS AND HEAVEN TOO is reputedly the true tale of one of France's most famous crimes--an incident that was one of several causes of the King's abdication that year.
The author of the novel, Rachel Field, is said to be a relative of Henriette Deluzy and her eventual husband, the Reverend Henry Field.
The novel ALL THIS AND HEAVEN TOO was the first book to go to number one on the best-seller list after Margaret Mitchell's GONE WITH THE WIND.
Warner Brothers adopted the same release policy for the film of ALL THIS AND HEAVEN TOO as they did for GONE WITH THE WIND. Matinees were specially priced at 50 cents and 75 cents, and evening screenings were 75 cents and $1.10. It could also only be shown as a single feature, and never paired with another film.
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