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Heaven Only Knows (1947)

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

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Michael, aka Mike
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Adam 'Duke' Byron
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Ginger 'The Copper Queen'
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Drusilla Wainwright
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Bill Plumber
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Reverend Wainwright
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Sheriff Matt Bodine
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Treason
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Judd
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Mrs. O'Donnell
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Speck O'Donnell
Will Orleans ...
Kansas City Kid (as Will Orlean)
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Lawyer Creel
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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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For an angel... this buckaroo is some guy! He's on a rootin' tootin' mission from above... looking for a lost soul!

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Western | Fantasy

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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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Magical memories make me want to see this again
12 March 2003 | by (Cleveland, Ohio) – See all my reviews

The 1950's television meant small screens, black and white snowy pictures and a lot of bad programing. It also meant seeing great old movies such as Heaven Only Knows. That movie with an angel and devil's minion both trying to win the same soul at the "Pair-o-Dice" Saloon in the old west was so captivating to the then six to nine year old I must have been, that 45 years later the memory drove me to the library to find it again. There it was, in Robert Cummings' filmography. It's fine to know the source of the memory, but it would be even better to SEE it again. My research a few years ago showed only one known copy, located, if memory still serves, in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Maybe there are enough of us out here who would love to see it so that it might be worth while for somebody to do whatever needs doing to make it available. So, if you're one of those who want it, write in too.


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