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Heaven Can Wait
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Release Date:
11 August 1943 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
He believed in Love . . . Honor . . . and Obey - That Impulse!
Plot:
An old roué arrives in Hades to review his life with Satan, who will rule on his eligibility to enter the Underworld. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for 3 Oscars. See more »
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(7 articles)
User Reviews:
Any other director would destroy this. See more (55 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Gene Tierney ... Martha

Don Ameche ... Henry Van Cleve

Charles Coburn ... Hugo Van Cleve
Marjorie Main ... Mrs. Strable
Laird Cregar ... His Excellency

Spring Byington ... Bertha Van Cleve
Allyn Joslyn ... Albert Van Cleve

Eugene Pallette ... E.F. Strable

Signe Hasso ... Mademoiselle

Louis Calhern ... Randolph Van Cleve
Helene Reynolds ... Peggy Nash
Aubrey Mather ... James
Tod Andrews ... Jack Van Cleve (as Michael Ames)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Florence Bates ... Mrs. Edna Craig (uncredited)
Scotty Beckett ... Henry Van Cleve, Age 9 (uncredited)
Clara Blandick ... Grandmother Van Cleve (uncredited)
Leonard Carey ... Flogdell, Van Cleve's First Butler (uncredited)

Dane Clark ... Elevator Operator (uncredited)
Claire Du Brey ... Miss Ralston, Jack's Secretary (uncredited)
James Flavin ... Policeman (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Party Guest (uncredited)

Gary Gray ... Boy in Park (uncredited)
Alfred Hall ... Albert's Father (uncredited)
Grayce Hampton ... Albert's Mother (uncredited)
Dickie Jones ... Albert Van Cleve - Age 15 (uncredited)
Marlene Mains ... Mary, Age 9 (uncredited)
Trudy Marshall ... Jane Van Cleve, Jack's Wife (uncredited)

Edwin Maxwell ... Doctor (uncredited)
Michael McLean ... Henry Van Cleve, as Baby (uncredited)
Doris Merrick ... Nellie Brown - Registered Nurse (uncredited)

Dickie Moore ... Henry Van Cleve - Age 15 (uncredited)
Bert Moorhouse ... Party Guest (uncredited)

Clarence Muse ... Jasper - Strable's Butler (uncredited)
Anne O'Neal ... Day Nurse (uncredited)
Nino Pipitone Jr. ... Jack Van Cleve, as Child (uncredited)
Maureen Roden-Ryan ... Bediliah, Nurse in Park (uncredited)
Anita Sharp-Bolster ... Mrs. Cooper-Cooper (uncredited)
Gerald Oliver Smith ... Smith, Van Cleve's Second Butler (uncredited)

Directed by
Ernst Lubitsch 
 
Writing credits
Samson Raphaelson (screenplay)

Leslie Bush-Fekete (play "Birthday") (as Lazlo Bus-Fekete)

Produced by
Ernst Lubitsch .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Alfred Newman 
Cyril J. Mockridge (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Edward Cronjager (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Dorothy Spencer 
 
Art Direction by
James Basevi 
Leland Fuller 
 
Set Decoration by
Thomas Little 
 
Costume Design by
René Hubert  (as Rene Hubert)
 
Makeup Department
Guy Pearce .... makeup artist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Henry Weinberger .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Walter M. Scott .... associate set decorator
 
Sound Department
Eugene Grossman .... sound
Roger Heman Sr. .... sound (as Roger Heman)
 
Visual Effects by
Fred Sersen .... special photographic effects
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sam Benson .... wardrobe supervisor (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Lyman Hallowell .... apprentice editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Hugo Friedhofer .... music supervisor (uncredited)
Alfred Newman .... musical director (uncredited)
Edward B. Powell .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Natalie Kalmus .... Technicolor director
Georges Jomier .... diction instructor (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
112 min
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Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Finland:S | France:U | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:U (re-rating) (2005) | USA:Unrated | USA:Approved (certificate #9073) | West Germany:12 (nf)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Ernst Lubitsch's habit of reining in Gene Tierney's occasional tendency towards emotional excess initially caused friction between the two, though they later resolved their issues.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
Quotes:
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.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Making 'Sólo con tu pareja' (2006) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
Happy Birthday to YouSee more »

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18 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
Any other director would destroy this., 3 October 2008
Author: bobsgrock from United States

Ernst Lubitsch, the great European director who immigrated to America and changed movies for the better shows his true light touch in this very original yet very charming story about one man's life and the changes and problems he faces. Don Ameche is perfect as the lead character, Henry Van Cleeves, a man spoiled rotten as a child but grows up and learns many things, mostly from his beautiful wife Martha, played by Gene Tiereny. However, the best role goes to Charles Coburn who plays the rough, frank, outspoken yet lovable grandfather who sympathizes with Henry and strives to make his life better.

The kind of material here could have been used to make an epic story on the level of films like Gone With the Wind or Giant. Nevertheless, we see Henry's life in full motion, always moving ahead even when he is helpless to stop it. And Lubitsch's touch has never been more prominent, taking some scenes any other director would have made disturbing or unsettling and giving them a witty and comical feeling. It's a shame Lubitsch died so early or else we could have gotten more of these classic and moving stories.

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