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Heaven Can Wait (1943)

 -  Comedy | Drama | Fantasy  -  11 August 1943 (USA)
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An old roué arrives in Hades to review his life with Satan, who will rule on his eligibility to enter the Underworld.

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Henry Van Cleve presents himself at the gates of Hell only to find he is closely vetted on his qualifications for entry. Surprised there is any question on his suitability, he recounts his lively life and the women he has known from his mother onwards, but mainly concentrating on his happy but sometimes difficult twenty-five years of marriage to Martha. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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He believed in Love . . . Honor . . . and Obey - That Impulse!


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In a 1983 interview, "A Conversation with Don Ameche", Don Ameche said this movie was his favorite of all the films he worked on. See more »

Goofs

In the breakfast scene just before Martha (Tierney) comes home to her parents Mr. Strable is served a large second helping of pancakes. Moments later when the camera gives him a medium shot, the stack is gone and the butler refills his plate. See more »

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Henry Van Cleve: As a matter of fact, they call me "The Bookworm's Little Mother."
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Happy Birthday to You
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Music by Mildred J. Hill
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Lubitsch comedy masterpiece
16 August 2000 | by (New London, NH) – See all my reviews

Do NOT confuse this comedic gem with Warren Beatty's 1977 film of the same name -- that was actually a remake of a different 40's classic, "Here Comes Mr. Jordan." But, this is much better, and even more imaginative. Ameche is brilliant, versatile, and amazingly handsome as the protagonist. Laird Creagar is excellent as Lord Satan, and Allyn Joslyn and Eugene Palette head a great supporting cast. One of the wittiest comedies ever made. Don't miss it.


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