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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.

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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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Randolph Van Cleve was born in 1844. See more »

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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 »

Quotes

Henry Van Cleve, Age 9: Hello Mary.
Mary, Age 9: Don't speak to me, Henry Van Cleve. You're a bad boy and my mother says I shouldn't talk to bad boys.
Henry Van Cleve, Age 9: I betcha you don't know what I've got in this box.
Mary, Age 9: And I'm not interested, Henry Van Cleve.
Henry Van Cleve, Age 9: Then I won't tell ya it's a beetle.
Mary, Age 9: A beetle!
Henry Van Cleve, Age 9: D'ya like it?
Mary, Age 9: Oh, who doesn't like beetles!
Henry Van Cleve, Age 9: It's yours.
Mary, Age 9: Thank you! Oh, thank you, Henry. I wonder if I should take it?
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Referenced in Gossip Girl: New Haven Can Wait (2008) See more »

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Ta-ra-ra Boom-der-é
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Written by Henry J. Sayers
Played when Young Henry tells his mother the six dollars is worth it
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Underrated masterpiece
1 June 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Utterly perfect Fox picture with handsome Don Ameche and stunningly beautiful Gene Tierney. It also stars the wonderfully hilarious Charles Coburn as Ameche's grandfather.

A well written, well acted and well directed film that is unjustly underrated and should be rediscovered. The entire film is shot in gorgeous full Technicolor and handled by director Ernst Lubitsch capable hands.

It details the story of a man, played by Ameche, who thinks that he deserves to go to hell after he dies. He then proceeds to recount his life story to the devil (Laird Creger). A true delight that is not to be missed.


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