Movies From the Hat 7 – #25 – Mike’s Pick – Heaven Knows Mr. Allison (1957)

This is my 3970th Review

Thanks to Mike for this recommendation.


“Only God knows what’ll happen to us.” – Sister Angela

Number of Times Seen – 1 (14 Apr 2018)

Brief Synopsis – During World War Two, a soldiers finds himself on a deserted island with a nun who was accidentally left there.

My Take on it – This is a film that I had never heard of beforehand and was a little concerned since I’m not usually the biggest fan of Robert Mutchum.

His character tho won me over right away and the way that he and Deborah Kerr interact throughout this film is wondrous.

The two of them have amazing chemistry together and despite their characters being so very different, it works really well.

They each help make us understand their personal plights both in life in general and while stranded on this little island in the middle of the vast Pacific Ocean.

The story moves along at a great pace and they do an amazing job showing how two strangers stranded together learn to work together as they try and cope with all of the changing events around them while the wait for some kind of rescue and salvation.

The dialogue in this film is superbly written because it works both during the banter between the characters and even when they have long meaningful conversations about life from their own diverse perspectives.

Bottom Line – This film works so well largely due to the chemistry between the two very different characters. Mitchum and Kerr are both superb here and each makes us understand their plight very well.  Loved the way that this story moves along because it shows us two strangers stranded on an island together and we see how they both are able to cope with the events around them as they eagerly await some kind of rescue and salvation. The dialogue is superbly written and both the banter and the life altering conversations between the two are excellent. Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Originally when filming began on Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison (1957), her co-star Robert Mitchum worried that Deborah Kerr would be like the prim characters she frequently played. However, after she swore at director John Huston during one take, Mitchum, who was in the water, almost drowned laughing. The two stars went on to have an enduring friendship which lasted until Mitchum’s death in 1997.  (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10)


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4 thoughts on “Movies From the Hat 7 – #25 – Mike’s Pick – Heaven Knows Mr. Allison (1957)

  1. Glad you liked it Rob. This movie has been a favorite of mine since the first time I saw it. And has remained so – through many viewings. Mitchum has long been a favorite actor of mine and this is one of the best performances of his long career (IMO). As you wrote, the chemistry between him and Kerr is palpable. My only regret – they she was Oscar nominated and he was not.

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