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All That Heaven Allows (1955) was a Drama - Romance Film directed by Douglas Sirk and produced by Ross Hunter.

All That Heaven Allows was inducted into the National Film Registry in 1995.

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All That Heaven Allows (1955, Douglas Sirk)

By Andrew Wickliffe on Nov 17, 2018 From The Stop Button

The third act of All That Heaven Allows is all about agency. Who has it, how they avoid it, why they avoid it. For a while it seems like it?s about Jane Wyman having it, then about Rock Hudson having it. Wyman?s always implied agency, right from the start. Hudson, who doesn?t have a scene from his o... Read full article


DOUBLE BILL #4 All That Heaven Allows (1955) and Written on the Wind (1956)

By Carol Martinheira on Jul 14, 2017 From The Old Hollywood Garden

DOUBLE BILL #4 All That Heaven Allows (1955) and Written on the Wind (1956) On July 14, 2017 By CarolIn Uncategorized Boy, was Douglas Sirk great! I?ve always admired how unapologetically soppy and melodramatic his films were. He was probably the most underrated and mi... Read full article


All That Heaven Allows (1956)

By Beatrice on Feb 9, 2016 From Flickers in Time

All That Heaven Allows Directed by Douglas Sirk Written by Peg Fenwick; story by Edna L. Lee and Harry Lee 1956/USA Universal International Repeat viewing/Netflix rental #314 of 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die Cary Scott: Doesn’t it? Douglas Sirk’s critique of 50’s mid... Read full article


All That Heaven Allows (1955)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Jul 6, 2015 From 4 Star Films

When I first saw the work of Douglas Sirk, I was immediately struck by how well it seemed to personify 1950s Hollywood. All That Heaven Allows (1955) is little different in its opulence and superficial soap opera tonalities. Except this one, at times, feels a little like it should be a part of a Nor... Read full article


All That Heaven Allows (1955)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Jul 6, 2015 From 4 Star Films

When I first saw the work of Douglas Sirk, I was immediately struck by how well it seemed to personify 1950s Hollywood. All That Heaven Allows (1955) is little different in its opulence and superficial soap opera tonalities. Except for this one, at times, feels a little like it should be a part of a... Read full article


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Ron Kirby: I can't shoot straight anymore.


Mona Plash: At the Country Club, Mona advises Sara that the Nortons are together, after all the talk that's been circulating about them. She tells Sara that she certainly must know what's been said.
Sara Warren: Sara answers with, "No, but I'm sure you do!"


Kay Scott: Personally, I've never subscribed to that old Egyptian custom.
Cary Scott: What Egyptian custom?
Kay Scott: Of walling up the widow alive in the funeral chambers of her dead husband along with his other possessions. The theory being that she was a possession too. She was supposed to journey into dead with him. The community saw to it. Of course it doesn't happen anymore.
Cary Scott: Doesn't it?


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This film seems to borrow its title from the last line of the poem 'love and life' by Jhn Wilmot, Second Earl of Rochester: " All my past Life is mine no more, The flying Hours are gone: Like Transitory Dreams giv'n o'er, Whose Images are kept in store By Memory alone. The Time that is to come is not; How can it then be mine The present Moment's all my Lot; And that, as fast as it is got, Phillis, is only thine. Then talk not of Inconstancy, False Hearts, and broken Vows; If I, by Miracle, can be This live-long Minute true to thee, 'Tis all that Heav'n allows. "
The house Jane Wyman's character lives in (on Universal's "Colonial Street" backlot) was built by on rented Universal property by Paramount Pictures for 1955's "Desperate Hours"; Universal left it standing after filming, altering its appearance for "All That Heaven Allows." Four years later, it was altered again, for use as the house of the Cleaver family in TV's "Leave it to Beaver," beginning with the show's move from CBS to ABC for the 1959 season. The house continued as the Cleaver house until the end of the series in 1962, but was known at Universal as the "Paramount House," not the "Cleaver House."
Originally, Douglas Sirk wanted the film to end with Ron's downfall after he recognizes Cary, leaving it open if Ron would survive or not. Producer Ross Hunter found that ending way too "depressing" and "disturbing" for the audience and therefore decided to go with a conventional happy end - which is the one we know today.
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All That Heaven Allows

Released 1955
Inducted 1995
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