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Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941)

Not Rated | | 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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Complete credited cast:
Bette Logan
Julia Farnsworth
Tony Abbott
Inspector Williams


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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A picture different from anything ever screened before!


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Release Date:

21 August 1941 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Heaven Can Wait  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


This paved the way for a series of films all dealing with the afterlife. Some of the more notable examples included A Guy Named Joe (1943), Down to Earth (1947), The Bishop's Wife (1947), It's a Wonderful Life (1946) and Stairway to Heaven (1946). See more »


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 »


Messenger 7013: I'm the one who says 'let's go'...
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Version of Heaven's Touch (1983) See more »


The Last Rose of Summer
(1808) (uncredited)
Music: traditional Irish melodies
Played often on saxophone by Robert Montgomery (probably dubbed)
Played also in the score
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Charming classic
18 February 2001 | by See all my reviews

This story has made it to the screen three times so far -- HERE COMES MR. JORDAN with Robert Montgomery, HEAVEN CAN WAIT with Warren Beatty, and DOWN TO EARTH with Chris Rock. This one is the best of the three with Claude Rains stealing all his scenes -- a knack he had in most of his films. The movie deals with premature death, reincarnation, murder, and other serious topics, but all of it is handled with a charmingly light touch. This is a delightful classic.

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