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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 »
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 »
User Reviews:
very funny 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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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)

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Trivia:
Randolph and Bertha Van Cleve were married in 1871.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:
Martha:Oh, why did you ever come into my life?
Henry Van Cleve:To make you happy. To hold you in my arms forever.
Martha:I'll never be able to look my father in the face. I'll never be able to go back to Kansas again.
Henry Van Cleve:Isn't that wonderful?
[He kisses her]
Martha:Oh, I wish I were dead.
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Movie Connections:
Featured in This Means War (2012)See more »
Soundtrack:
By the Light of the Silvery MoonSee more »

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22 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
very funny, 20 June 2005
Author: sfdavide from san francisco, ca

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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