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Here Comes Mr. Jordan -- 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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Director:
Writers:
Sidney Buchman (screen play) &
Seton I. Miller (screen play) ...
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Release Date:
21 August 1941 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
A picture different from anything ever screened before!
Plot:
Boxer Joe Pendleton dies 50 years too soon due to a heavenly mistake, and is given a new life as a millionaire playboy. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Won 2 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 5 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
The soul lives on See more (45 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Robert Montgomery ... Joe Pendleton

Evelyn Keyes ... Bette Logan

Claude Rains ... Mr.Jordan
Rita Johnson ... Julia Farnsworth

Edward Everett Horton ... Messenger 7013

James Gleason ... Max Corkle
John Emery ... Tony Abbott
Donald MacBride ... Inspector Williams
Don Costello ... Lefty
Halliwell Hobbes ... Sisk
Benny Rubin ... Bugs
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Warren Ashe ... Charlie (uncredited)

Lloyd Bridges ... Sloan - Co-pilot of Plane #22 (uncredited)
Eddie Bruce ... Reporter (uncredited)
James Carlisle ... Board Member (uncredited)
Ken Christy ... Chuck - Plainclothesman (uncredited)
Chester Conklin ... Newsboy (uncredited)
Heinie Conklin ... Reporter (uncredited)
Joe Conti ... Newsboy (uncredited)
Maurice Costello ... Ringsider at Fight (uncredited)
Joseph Crehan ... Doctor (uncredited)
Mary Currier ... Secretary (uncredited)
Billy Dawson ... Johnny - Young Fan (uncredited)
Edmund Elton ... Elderly Man (uncredited)
William Forrest ... Reporter (uncredited)
Tom Hanlon ... Fight Announcer (uncredited)
Joe Hickey ... Lou Gilbert - Fighter (uncredited)
John Ince ... Bill Collector (uncredited)
Selmer Jackson ... Board Member (uncredited)
John Kerns ... Sparring Partner (uncredited)
Bobby Larson ... Chips (uncredited)
Carl M. Leviness ... Board Member (uncredited)
Max Linder ... Board Member (uncredited)
Philo McCullough ... Board Member (uncredited)
William Newell ... Murdoch Handler (uncredited)
Gerald Pierce ... Newsboy (uncredited)
Cyril Ring ... Board Member (uncredited)
John Rogers ... Escort (uncredited)
Abe Roth ... Referee (uncredited)
Scott Seaton ... Board Member (uncredited)
Charles Seel ... Board Member (uncredited)
Larry Wheat ... Board Member (uncredited)
Douglas Wood ... Board Member (uncredited)
Bert Young ... Taxi Driver (uncredited)

Directed by
Alexander Hall 
 
Writing credits
Sidney Buchman (screen play) &
Seton I. Miller (screen play)

Harry Segall (from the play: "Heaven Can Wait")

Produced by
Everett Riskin .... producer
 
Original Music by
Friedrich Hollaender (music by) (as Frederick Hollander)
 
Cinematography by
Joseph Walker (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Viola Lawrence (film editor)
 
Art Direction by
Lionel Banks 
 
Costume Design by
Edith Head (gowns)
 
Makeup Department
Robert J. Schiffer .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William Mull .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
George Cooper .... sound (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Morris Stoloff .... musical director (as M.W. Stoloff)
Sidney Cutner .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Paul Schoop .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Tommy Garland .... stand-in: Robert Montgomery (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
94 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Finland:S | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:U (tv rating) | UK:U (video rating) (1992) (2007) | USA:TV-G | USA:Approved (PCA #7409)

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Trivia:
"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on January 26, 1942 with Claude Rains, Evelyn Keyes and James Gleason reprising their film roles.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
Quotes:
Messenger 7013:I'm the one who says 'let's go'...See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Exorcist III (1990)See more »
Soundtrack:
The Last Rose of SummerSee more »

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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
The soul lives on, 29 December 2006
Author: blanche-2 from United States

"Here Comes Mr. Jordan" stars Robert Montgomery as Joe Pendleton, a prize fighter who, hurtling toward earth in his damaged plane, is taken to heaven prematurely by a new heavenly worker (Edward Everett Horton). Upon reaching the gates, it appears that the book states that Joe isn't scheduled to head skyward until 1991. An attempt to return his spirit to his body fails since Joe was cremated; Joe ends up in the body of a business tycoon, Farnsworth, just drowned by his wife and male secretary, except Farnsworth is suddenly not dead. Joe as Farnsworth meets Bette (Evelyn Keyes) and falls in love with her while wreaking havoc with the man's money and business and continuing to aggravate his wife and secretary. Then Mr. Jordan comes to him with some really bad news.

This is a delightful movie, and though "Heaven Can Wait," its '70s remake, was very enjoyable, how could it be as good or better when Claude Rains and Robert Montgomery are in the original? Montgomery, who for years did light comedy as an elegant leading man, is wonderful as a streetwise prizefighter. James Gleason, as Joe's manager Corkle, has some great comic moments when he meets up with Farnsworth and Farnsworth claims to be the dead Joe. Evelyn Keyes is lovely in the ingénue role, and Rita Johnson makes an excellent murderous wife. Claude Rains played the devil in another film, and as Mr. Jordan apparently works with the Head Honcho on the other side. He exudes warmth and calmness and performs beautifully opposite the more volatile Montgomery characters.

This film was released before Pearl Harbor, but everyone knew the U.S. would be entering the war. Thus began a spate of these films - "A Guy Named Joe," "Heaven Can Wait," "The Bishop's Wife," "Angel on my Shoulder," "It's a Wonderful Life," "Down to Earth," and others. The fascination with death, angels, destiny, and souls was understandably rampant as reflected by Hollywood from 1941-1948 as people sought to understand what happened to their loved ones.

"Here Comes Mr. Jordan" is one of the really fine examples of this genre, with beautiful performances and story. I shed some tears at the end. Perhaps you will too.

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