All That Heaven Allows (1955)

All That Heaven Allows was directed Douglas Sirk. Sirk is one of the best at making melodramas, his own life also had lots of drama, before WWII.  Sirk’s first wife was a follower of Hitler, she denounced Sirk because of his relationship with his second wife (she was a Jew). This caused him to leave Germany to escape persecution in 1937.

All That Heaven Allows (1955)

All That Heaven Allows (1955)

Cary Scott (Jane Wyman) is an rich widow living in the upper level of society with two grown children. She falls in love with her gardener Ron Kirby (Rock Hudson). Kirby is happy with his simple life and doesn’t care about money or social status.  When they announce their plans to marry Cary’s friends and children find the marriage  socially-unacceptable. This causes Cary to break off the wedding.

Knowing what this movie was about caused me to wait a couple of weeks before watching it. It’s not a movie I would normally watch.  However the story held my interest and while Hudson’s acting wasn’t the best, it didn’t ruin the movie. He was mostly beefcake after all. While the ending was hokey–the story did it’s job and raised several questions, about society and one’s own self worth.

“But I don’t apologize for wanting you.”

07/10—–No action–just a love story where one of people doesn’t understand their own values

Douglas Sirk