Run time: 89 mins
In Theaters: Friday 9th December 1955
Production compaines: Universal Pictures
Contactmusic.com: 3 / 5
Rotten Tomatoes: 93%
Fresh: 26 Rotten: 2
IMDB: 7.6 / 10
Director: Douglas Sirk
Producer: Ross Hunter
Screenwriter: Peg Fenwick
Starring: Jane Wyman as Cary Scott, Rock Hudson as Ron Kirby, Agnes Moorehead as Sara Warren, Conrad Nagel as Harvey, Virginia Grey as Alida, Gloria Talbott as Kay, William Reynolds as Ned, Charles Drake as Mick Anderson, Hayden Rorke as Dr. Hennessy, Jacqueline deWit as Mona Plash (as Jacqueline de Wit), Leigh Snowden as Jo-Ann, Donald Curtis as Howard Hoffer, Alex Gerry as George Warren, Nestor Paiva as Manuel
Cary Scott (Jane Wyman) is an attractive, wealthy New England widow who falls for her much younger gardener Ron Kirby (Rock Hudson). Though she is sure of her love for him, Ms. Scott turns back on plans to remarry after her friends and children Kay and Ned (Gloria Talbott and William Reynolds) express reservations. Kirby may be handy with his hands, but Scott is devastated by the small town gossip and her children's bitter rebuff of her newfound love.
Director Douglas Sirk brought Wyman and Hudson back together after working with them in Magnificent Obsession. While the stars deliver performances in Heaven that are graceful enough to carry the film, the rest of this love story just sort of, um, lies there.
A final note is worth mentioning. Though it was obviously intended without innuendo, Hudson's line about having some bad luck while pheasant hunting is amusingly ironic: "I just can't seem to shoot straight anymore."