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Leave Her to Heaven

Released 1945
Distributor 20th Century Fox

Leon Shamroy’s lush, Oscar-winning Technicolor photography has caused some to question the Noir status of John Stahl’s classic melodrama. The missing link between Stahl’s ’30s domestic melodramas and Douglas Sirk’s ’50s remakes. Fox’s top-grossing film of the 1940s.

About Neil Labute

Neil Labute is a writer/director who has worked in radio, television, film and theater. He watches many more films than he will ever make and is thankful that he has enough shelf space at home for the Criterion Collection. When he grows up, he would like to be a cowboy or an astronaut (a nurse or ballerina run a close third and fourth).