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Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941)

Approved  |   |  Fantasy, Comedy, Romance  |  21 August 1941 (USA)
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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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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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Just before Joe Pendleton and the messenger arrive at Joe's apartment, looking for his body, they pass a woman coming from the other direction. She moves her shoulder back and to the left to let Joe pass and also steals a quick glance at him. According to the messenger's comments just a moment later, neither he nor Joe can be seen or heard, so the woman should not have moved to let them pass or noticed them at all. 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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ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL FILMS OF THE 20TH CENTURY
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Here comes mr jordan is my all time favourite movie and being only fourteen and not having seen many movies i believe that this would be impossible for any other movie. sure there are others but the scenes, the acting, the effects, and the atmosphere of the movie are so beautiful i cry every time i see it. i hope one day they re-release it at the cinema because this sort of movie should be recognised for it's brilliance. leonard maltin gave it four out of four stars and being the respected critic he is i completely agree. i advise you to see it again and again for a classic such as here comes mr jordan should never die

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