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Heaven Can Wait (1943)

Unrated | | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy | 13 August 1943 (USA)
An old roué arrives in Hades to review his life with Satan, who will rule on his eligibility to enter the Underworld.



(screenplay), (play) (as Lazlo Bus-Fekete)

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Complete credited cast:
Helene Reynolds ...
Peggy Nash
Tod Andrews ...
Jack Van Cleve (as Michael Ames)


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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Release Date:

13 August 1943 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El diablo dijo no  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Gene Tierney discovered she was pregnant during the filming of this movie. See more »


When Henry first notices Martha in the department store at the telephones, a shadow of the camera rig falls across Martha as the scene and camera slides from right to left across the partition between the telephones. See more »


Peggy Nash: You know, Mr. Van Cleve, girls are awfully smart these days. It must be rather sad for the great cavalier of the gay '90s to find his technique is getting rusty.
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Referenced in Dan in Real Life (2007) See more »


Hello! Ma Baby
Music by Joseph E. Howard
Played when Edna reminds Henry of the little brownstone house
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very funny
20 June 2005 | by (san francisco, ca) – See all my reviews

This movie shows how wonderful films were back in the 1940's. Heaven Can Wait is a delightful and very funny romantic comedy about a man who retells his life to see if he belongs in heaven or hell.

Don Ameche, as Henry, shows again that he may have been the most underrated actor of his time. Charles Coburn, as Grandfather, is hilarious. Gene Tierney as always is beautiful as always, in my opinion the most beautiful woman in film.

Romantic comedies today are not made like this . You actually get a feeling that this relationship is real and can actually happen. Todays romantic comedies seem so contrived. If u want to spend two hours and laugh, cry and just have a great time, watch Heaven Can Wait.

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