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All That Heaven Allows (1955)

aka All That Heaven Allows

"How much does Heaven Allow a Woman in Love?"

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Written By:  Writer details not available
Details: 89 mins · English


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Small Cary Scott
Small Ron Kirby
Small Sara Warren
Small Harvey
Small Alida
Small Kay
No_movie_poster Ned
Small Mick Anderson
Small Dr. Hennessy
Small Mona Plash (as Jacqueline de Wit)
Small Jo-Ann
Small Howard Hoffer
No_movie_poster George Warren
Small Manuel


No_movie_poster Douglas Sirk Director
No_movie_poster Ross Hunter Production
No_movie_poster Frank Gross Editing


"How much does Heaven Allow a Woman in Love?"


Cary Scott (Jane Wyman) is an affluent widow in suburban New England, whose social life involves her country club peers, college-age children, and a few men vying for her affection.

She becomes interested in Ron Kirby (Rock Hudson), her gardener, an intelligent, down-to-earth and respectful yet passionate younger man. Ron is content with his simple life outside the materialistic society and the two fall in love. Ron introduces her to people who seem to have no need for wealth and status and she responds positively. Cary accepts his proposal of marriage, but becomes distressed when her friends and college-age children are angry. They look down upon Ron and his friends and reject their mother for this socially unacceptable arrangement. Eventually, bowing to this pressure, she breaks off the engagement.

Cary and Ron continue their separate lives, both with many regrets but Cary's children soon announce they are moving out. Before doing so, her daughter apologizes to her mother for her prior impulsive and foolish reaction to Ron. Cary's doctor points out that Cary is now lonelier than she was before meeting Ron.

When Ron has a life-threatening accident, Cary realizes how wrong she had been to allow other people's opinions and superficial social conventions dictate her life choices and decides to accept the life Ron offers her. As he recovers, Cary is by his bedside telling him that she has come home.

Release Dates:

DVD : 2001-06-19