All That Heaven Allows Movie Review
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."