Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison (novel)

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Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison
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Original paperback edition cover
Author Charles Shaw
Country Australia
Language English
Genre War novel
Publisher Muller
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)

Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison is a 1952 novel by Charles Shaw. It tells the story of Marine Corporal Allison shipwrecked on an island in the Pacific during World War II. The only inhabitant is a nun, Sister Angela. It was made into a 1957 film of the same name by John Huston.

Plot summary[edit]

The narrative deals with the developing relationship between the marine and the nun, especially Allison's growing attraction to Sister Angela.

The novel is set earlier in the war than the film, with Allison escaping from the Battle of Corregidor at the time that the Allies are still on the defensive in the Pacific.

Characters in Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison[edit]

  • Allison – the marine
  • Angela – the nun

Film, TV or theatrical adaptations[edit]

The movie was adapted by John Huston and John Lee Mahin from the novel and directed by Huston. Deborah Kerr was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role. Robert Mitchum played Allison.