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Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941)

Approved | | Fantasy, Comedy, Romance | 21 August 1941 (USA)
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 the 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, Heaven Can Wait (1978), starring 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 the central character is a football player and not a boxer. 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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Messenger 7013: [when asked the location of his earthly assignment by Mr. Jordan] A place called New Jersey, sir - and if it can arranged, I would like a transfer!
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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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Wonderfully Surprising!
14 December 2003 | by (Dallas, Tx) – See all my reviews

I was watching it, randomly switching channels.

Opening scene is this introduction, that you read and it came across as a serious balls-to-the-wall drama. It gained my curiosity as to what kind of movie could be taking itself THIS seriously! Next scene is Montgomery boxing, playing a sax, and flying an airplane. It was funny, the banter was excellent, and I was laughing out loud.

10 mins later he dies!

The movie had so many 180' turns in it, but they all flow and keeps the viewers on their toes, at least it did me. I literally cried at times, and then the next scene had me hurting with laughter. The supporting cast, especially; Edward Everett Horton, James Gleason, and Evelyn Keyes were magnificent! This has now become one of my favorite movies! I give it a 9/10.


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