Heaven Only Knows (1947)

Approved  |   |  Western, Fantasy  |  12 September 1947 (USA)
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An angel is sent to earth to help a saloon owner and gambler save his soul.



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Complete credited cast:
Michael, aka Mike
Adam 'Duke' Byron
Marjorie Reynolds ...
Ginger 'The Copper Queen'
Jorja Curtright ...
Drusilla Wainwright
Bill Goodwin ...
Bill Plumber
Reverend Wainwright
Sheriff Matt Bodine
Edgar Kennedy ...
Mrs. O'Donnell
Peter Miles ...
Speck O'Donnell
Will Orleans ...
Kansas City Kid (as Will Orlean)
Ray Bennett ...
Lawyer Creel


Trade shown, reviewed and released as "Heaven Only Knows," for a short while until the exhibitors (in mostly small town situations) started complaining that customers were staying away in droves because they thought it was a religious film. UA pulled it back, in the same release year, and retitled it "Montana Mike" and sent it back out again, one of the few instances where an original title and an alternate title occurred in the same original release period or year, despite some sources that seem to think original and alternate and re-issue titles all came about in the same year. Actually it was a "religious" film or, to be more specific, a "religious fantasy" film. but it sold well in the stix as a Western, and worked well as one also. It seems that in Heaven, the Book of Life and The Book of Destiny are all out of balance because of one guy, a Montana saloon keeper and cold, ruthless killer, and the problem is the angels forgot to make a entry in the Book of Life for him. So a ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Release Date:

12 September 1947 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Montana Mike  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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John Litel who played Reverend Wainright would later play Bob Cummings' boss Mr. Thackery on the 50s TV sitcom My Hero (1952). See more »

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A Great Film..Want to Purchase VHS or DVD
9 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Robert Cummings was a good actor and I really enjoyed all his works. Kings Row, Sabateor, Dial M for Murder, and many others were all great to watch. Heaven Only Knows (Montana Mike as I remember),is a favorite of mine, and as a young girl it was shown on TV (The Million Dollar Movie) for a solid week. I watched it each and every day. I love how he comes into town and things just seem to change, no one suspecting he's an angel. What I remember too is the sign on the saloon, "Pair O Dice". (Not sure if I'm spelling it correctly). I remember too that he cares too much for the leading lady, but brings himself back to reality. Mostly though, I remember crying at the end when he takes the little boy with him to heaven. It would be very nice to see it run again on some of the movie channels so that our young children can see a movie where fantasy and sentiment play on your heartstrings. Wouldn't it be nice to re-introduce these films again! As of today, I watch the movie channels that show the old classics. Movies from the 1930's, 40's, 50's really tend to be my favorites. I thought what a great idea for our schools to run a program where old movies with good story lines could be shown. I personally have been searching for this movie for a long time, so glad to have found your website. Please let me know how I can purchase this film whether it be on VHS or DVD.

Thank you, Patricia Nelson

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