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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:
Heaven Can't Wait 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:
"Here Comes Mr. Jordan" is reportedly based on the play "Heaven Can Wait". However, there are two films with that title. The first film Heaven Can Wait (1943), staring Don Ameche and Gene Tierney, is based on the stage play "Birthday", written by Leslie Bush-Fekete. In the play and film, the central character is an older man who has lived a full life and is confronted by the Devil, who has to decide if he qualifies to enter "Hades". It is a different storyline than the one for "Mr. Jordan". The second film titled Heaven Can Wait (1978), staring Warren Beatty, based on a play with the same title, written by Harry Segall, is practically a word for word rewrite of Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941). The one exception being that a Football player replaces a Boxer as the central character.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:
Joe Pendleton:I don't want anybody's body. I want my body!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Whistling in Dixie (1942)See more »
Soundtrack:
The Last Rose of SummerSee more »

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13 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Heaven Can't Wait, 28 November 2005
Author: dwtm from United States

During a flight in a personal airplane, a young boxer by the name of Joe Pendleton crashes into a wooded area - just within the first ten minutes of the beginning of Here Comes Mr. Jordan. Unfortunately, a heavenly escort prematurely plucks his body from the plane before the actual crash, thereby rendering Joe body-less, yet technically alive. Joe's body is promptly cremated, so his new friend, Mr. Jordan, promises Joe a new form and they begin a search for a replacement. The 1941 film centers around Joe Pendleton, an affable man and a capable boxer, who is on his way to a fight whenever he meets his untimely death. With the help of Mr. Jordan, Joe attempts to reverse his misfortune with a new body and a fresh opportunity to enter the title fight. Along the way, however, he meets the unexpected: a beautiful, independent, and charmingly belligerent woman that he falls hopelessly in love with. The film centers around Joe's struggle to realize his dream of winning a title fight, however, it is truly a romantic comedy with themes that tend to focus on love and the fulfillment of our dreams. The makers of the film use Joe's different forms to impart their view that love is a connection between two people, while the body is simply a shell and love is a faceless awareness that sees through physical realities. Don't be turned off by this seemingly heavy theme, because Joe's constant wisecracks and frequent squabbles with the man who took him from his body keep the film light and enjoyable. Despite the occasional sluggish scene, this timeless film offers enough clean-cut comedy and bearable romanticism to warrant a viewing. It deals with an important subject without taking any importance away from keeping the film light and fun to watch.

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