All That Heaven Allows (1955)


“Cary, let’s face it: you were ready for a love affair, but not for love.” – Dr. Hennessy

Number of Times Seen – 1 (10 Sep 2019)

Brief Synopsis – A widow starts a affair with a younger man which causes many problems in their small town especially among friends and family.

My Take on it – This is a film that I chose to watch solely due to the fact that it had Rock Hudson in it and I recall how intriguing his performances were during the 1950’s.

I was expecting a romantic comedy, but this is more of a dramatoc romance and it doesn’t work as well as one would expect it to.

The pacing of the story is far too slow and there are too many lulls in the story along the way that make it feel as if this are just meandering along without much purpose for part of the time.

The biggest problem here is the lack of chemistry between Hudson and Jane Wyman and that hurts things so much especially with this kind of premise.

The story probably was more interesting when it came out 64 years ago since the subject was much more controversial at the time but it really doesn’t age very well which is a bit unfortunate.

The conflicts that they bring up dealing with family and friends is a bit comical especially given the ages of the characters since they aren’t really very old. (see Trivia section below)

Bottom Line – Interesting idea but it doesn’t work as well as this kind of story probably should. The plot meanders along a bot too much and there are far too many lulls in the story. The chemistry between Wyman and Hudson is quite weak and that also hurts things a lot especially given the story line. The story might have been much more interesting when it came out because 64 years ago when this was made, the subject was much more controversial than it is today. The conflicts between the characters are a bit comical due to the fact that the characters aren’t really that old despite the fact that they are presented as being much older.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – A major part of the movie revolves around the fact that Jane Wyman’s character is supposed to be substantially older than Rock Hudson. In reality, Jane Wyman was only 38 and Rock Hudson was only 30 when they filmed this movie. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)

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4 thoughts on “All That Heaven Allows (1955)

  1. This is one of my all time favorites and, I think, one of the best films of the 1950s. Lurking behind the surface level melodrama is an amazingly made film with stunning cinematography and tense performances. I think it’s a masterpiece. It’s featured heavily in the 2011 “The Story of Film” documentary series which was where I learned about it.

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