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Heaven Can Wait -- Henry Van Cleve (Don Ameche), an aged former playboy, has died and gone to hell. But the ruler of the realm of darkness, His Excellency (Laird Cregar), isn't convinced Van Cleve's come to the right place.

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Release Date:
11 August 1943 (USA) See more »
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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:
the best nostalgic romantic comedy I've ever seen See more (57 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Gene Tierney ... Martha Strabel Van Cleve

Don Ameche ... Henry Van Cleve

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

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

Eugene Pallette ... E.F. Strabel

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)
James Conaty ... Man in Park with Top Hat (uncredited)
Claire Du Brey ... Miss Ralston - Jack's Secretary (uncredited)
Jay Eaton ... Book Store Clerk (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)
Harold Miller ... Party Guest (uncredited)

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

Clarence Muse ... Jasper - Strabel'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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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)

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Trivia:
This was the first of two unrelated films of the same title to receive an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture. The second was Heaven Can Wait (1978).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:
Mademoiselle:In your papa's time, papa kiss mama and zen marry. But this is 1887! Time of bicycle, the typewriter est arrive, soon everybody speak over ze telephone, and people have new idea of value of kiss. What was bad yesterday is lot of fun today. There is a wonderful saying in France: "Les baisers sont comme des bonbons qu'on mange parce qu'ils sont bons." This mean: "Kiss is like candy. You eat candy only for the beautiful taste, and this is enough reason to eat candy."
Henry Van Cleve:You mean I can kiss a girl once...
[...]
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Making 'Sólo con tu pareja' (2006) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
Hello! Ma BabySee more »

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39 out of 52 people found the following review useful.
the best nostalgic romantic comedy I've ever seen, 29 December 2000
Author: rollo_tomaso (rollo_tomaso@excite.com) from Houston, TX

Another Lubitsch masterpiece, Heaven Can Wait is in brilliant color. It is extremely well acted, charming, and in its own way, timeless. It takes place mainly around the turn of the century though it does transcend decades. It is the engaging story of wealthy would-be playboy Henry Van Cleeve, magnificently played by Don Ameche, whose heart is captured by Gene Tierney. Since he always had a bit of the rogue in him, and acted mischievously at times, upon death Henry goes directly to see Satan (played winningly by Laird Cregar) to accept his fate of eternal damnation. Thus, the story of his life is told to Satan via flashback in most ingenious fashion. I don't wish to give any more away. It is marvelous fare for the entire family. See it and revel in it.

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