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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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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:
Charming comedy/fantasy 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)
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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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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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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 »
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:[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!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Road to Rio (1947)See more »
Soundtrack:
The Last Rose of SummerSee more »

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12 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Charming comedy/fantasy, 20 February 2004
Author: Wayne Malin (wwaayynnee51@hotmail.com) from United States

Boxer Joe Pendleton (Robert Montgomery) is all set to fight to become the Champion. Unfortunately he's in a plane crash and a collector (Edward Everett Horton) "takes" his soul to Heaven. But the collector acted too quickly...Joe WASN'T supposed to die! The Head Collector Mr. Jordan (Claude Rains) gets him the temporary body of Bruce Farnsworth--whose wife and secretary are trying to kill. And he falls in love with Bette Logan (Evelyn Keyes). How long will he be in Farnsworth---and will he want to leave and will he live?

I caught this on TV when I was a kid in the 1970s. I loved it! Soon after I saw the lousy 1978 remake "Heaven Can Wait" with Warren Beatty as Pendleton (he's no Montgomery). I just saw it again and I still love it!

The plot is pretty silly but the whole film is done with a very light touch and the cast pulls it off. Nobody seems to be taking it too seriously (which is good). Montgomery is very good in his role--if a little too over the top at times. Keyes is sweet and charming--she does wonders with the "good girl" role. Horton is very funny as one of the collectors and Rains is just fantastic as Mr. Jordan--a perfectly done performance (no surprise coming from Rains). More screen time with Jordan could have helped. But as it is it's just very good. I'm only giving it an 8--it's funny...but not enough. The jokes made me smile once in a while, but that's about it. A huge hit in it's day.

This (understandably) won two Academy Awards for Best Story and Screenplay. It was nominated for Best Picture, Actor, Supporting Actor, Director and Cinematography.

Worth seeing.

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