Rage in Heaven, A (1941)

This early picture of Ingrid Bergman before she became a major movie star is a psychological melodrama about love, jealousy, obsession, and possession.

At the center of the drama, directed with sensitivity and taste by W.S. Van Dyke,  is a  romantic triangle.  Old friends Ward and Phillip both become smitten with Phillip’s mother’s attractive young secretary Stella. But Stella marries Phillip and stands by him as his behavior becomes more and more erratic and his jealousy of Ward increases. Old friends Ward Andrews (George Sanders) and Phillip Monrell (Robert Montgomery) both become smitten with Phillip’s mother’s attractive young secretary Stella Bergen (Ingrid Bergman), the young, beautiful secretary of Phillip’s mother (the always reliable Lucille Watson).

But Stella marries Phillip and stands by him, even as his behavior becomes more and more erratic and his jealousy of Ward increases to incredibly tragic proportions.

Verbose perhaps to a fault, “A Rage in Heaven” is not a major film, but it is extremely well acted by the three thespians, especially Ingrid Bergman, who’s extremely photogenic and radiates with warmth and exuberance.

Running Time: 83 Minutes

Release Date: March 7, 1941

 

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