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All This, and Heaven Too

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Anatole Litvak
Produced by David Lewis
Anatole Litvak
Written by Casey Robinson
Rachel Field (novel)
Starring Bette Davis
Charles Boyer
Barbara O'Neil
Music by Max Steiner
Cinematography Ernie Haller
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release date(s) July 4, 1940
Running time 141 minutes
Country United States

All This, and Heaven Too is a 1940 drama film made by Warner Bros.-First National Pictures, produced and directed by Anatole Litvak with Hal B. Wallis as executive producer. The screenplay was adapted by Casey Robinson from the novel by Rachel Field. The music was by Max Steiner and the cinematography by Ernie Haller.

The film stars Bette Davis and Charles Boyer with Barbara O'Neil, Jeffrey Lynn, Virginia Weidler, Helen Westley, Walter Hampden, Henry Daniell, Harry Davenport, George Coulouris, Montagu Love, Janet Beecher and June Lockhart.

Rachel Field's novel is based on actual persons and events.


Plot synopsis

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The film tells the story of Henriette Deluzy-Desportes (Bette Davis). When Mademoiselle Deluzy-Desportes starts teaching at a girls school, she is confronted with tales and gossip about her, which have become common knowledge among her students. Provoked by her students, she decides to tell them her life story.

Mademoiselle Deluzy-Desportes once was governess to the four children of the Duc de Praslin (Charles Boyer) and his wife, the Duchesse de Praslin (Barbara O'Neil). As a result of her constantly erratic and temperamental behavior, all that remains is an unhappy marriage. However, Duc de Praslin stays with his wife because of their children.

Through her warmth and kindness, Henriette wins the love and affection of the children as well as Duc de Praslin - and the jealousy and hatred of the Duchesse de Praslin. When the Duchess is mysteriously murdered, Duc the Praslin and Henriette become the main suspects in the murder.


Awards and nominations

A successful but expensive costume drama,[1] it was nominated for three Academy Awards: Best Picture; O'Neil was nominated for Best Supporting Actress; and Ernest Haller for Best Cinematography.


  1. ^ Glancy, H. Mark. "Warner Bros film grosses, 1921-51." Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television. March 1995.

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