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Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941)

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Boxer Joe Pendleton dies 50 years too soon due to a heavenly mistake, and is given a new life as a millionaire playboy.

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Boxer Joe Pendleton, flying to his next fight, crashes...because a Heavenly Messenger, new on the job, snatched Joe's spirit prematurely from his body. Before the matter can be rectified, Joe's body is cremated; so the celestial Mr. Jordan grants him the use of the body of wealthy Bruce Farnsworth, who's just been murdered by his wife. Joe tries to remake Farnsworth's unworthy life in his own clean-cut image, but then falls in love; and what about that murderous wife? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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21 August 1941 (USA)  »

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Claude Rains plays an agent of Heaven who finds a new body for the soul of Robert Montgomery. In Angel on My Shoulder (1946) Rains plays the Devil, who finds a new body for the soul of Paul Muni. Harry Segall, who wrote the story for the latter film, also wrote the play "Heaven Can Wait", upon which Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941) is based. The first film titled Heaven Can Wait (1943), staring Don Ameche and Gene Tierney, based on a play titled "Birthday", differs greatly from "Here Comes Mr. Jordan". The central character, in that Don Ameche film, is an older man who has already lived a full life and is confronted by the Devil. Not much emphasis is given to reincarnation. The second film titled Heaven Can Wait (1978), staring Warren Beatty, based on the play "Heaven Can Wait" is practically a word for word rewrite of "Here Comes Mr. Jordan". The one exception being that a Football player replaces a Boxer as the central character. See more »

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Pendleton (as Farnsworth) hands the $25,000 check to Max, who takes it with his left hand. There's an edit to a slightly different angle and suddenly the check is in Max's right hand. See more »

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Joe Pendleton: I don't want anybody's body. I want my body!
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The Last Rose of Summer
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Music: traditional Irish melodies
Played often on saxophone by Robert Montgomery (probably dubbed)
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My favorite movie
6 July 2002 | by (U.S.) – See all my reviews

This movie is my favorite film because of the comic and dramatic acting. Robert Montgomery is able to switch between Farnsworth and Joe Pendelton in a split second When he switches to Murdoch, you have a slight difference in speech and walk between Murdoch and Joe. The James Gleason scene in the gym with Montgomery is perfection. I love Claude Rains facial expressions and Edward Everett Horton's bumbling. The dectective's line (I believe he is William McBride, a great comic actor of the 1940's), "Where's the body" is one that I use as a joke with my husband often. The remakes of this film don't come close to the original. "Down to Earth", the one with Chris Rock, was just terrible. This plot has been borrowed often. It is the first film that every dealt with this subject and will remain a classic forever.


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