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Gone to Earth (1950)





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The brooding British romantic drama Gone to Earth is better known by its American title The Wild Heart. Filmed in England and cofinanced by David O. Selznick and Alexander Korda, the film stars Jennifer Jones (Mrs. Selznick) as Hazel Woodus, a tempestuous Welsh gypsy maid who can't seem to stay out of trouble. Feeling more of a kinship with woodland animals than with human beings, the Hazel enters into a loveless marriage with minister Edward Marston (Cyril Cusack). Believing she's been born under a curse which will punish her if she ever truly falls in love, Hazel does her best to suppress her carnal desires, but gives up the struggle when she begins an affair with rakish landowner Jack Reddin (David Farrar). Her inability to be mistress of her own fate leads to a spectacularly tragic denouement. Based on a novel by Mary Webb, Gone to Earth was cut from 110 minutes to 82 for its American release; the latter version included a narration by Joseph Cotten and several new scenes directed by Rouben Mamoulien. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Jennifer Jones
as Hazel Woodus
David Farrar
as Jack Reddin
Cyril Cusack
as Edward Marston
Esmond Knight
as Abel Woodus
Sybil Thorndike
as Mrs. Marston
Edward Chapman
as Mr. James
Hugh Griffith
as Andrew Vessons
Beatrice Varley
as Aunt Prowde
Frances Clare
as Amelia Comber
Richmond Nairne
as Mathias Booker
Peter Dunlop
as Cornet Player
Raymond Rollett
as Landlord/Elder
Gerald Lawson
as Roadmender/Elder
Bartlett Mullins
as Chapel elder
Arthur Reynolds
as Chapel elder
Joseph Cotten
as Narrator (US version)
Owen Holder
as Narrator
Sidney James
as Barman (Knucksie)
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Critic Reviews for Gone to Earth

All Critics (3)

Its bracing imagery still makes it worth a look.

July 12, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

It is difficult to know what to make of this film.

January 31, 2018 | Full Review…

There's not much to recommend other than the stunningly beautiful photography.

April 2, 2011 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Gone to Earth


A Great looking and superb acted film about a girl who can't choose between a good guy or a jerk. David Farrar gives a great performance. It would be a 4 star film if the ending would have been less preditable.

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