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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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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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John Litel, who played Rev. Wainright, would later play Robert Cummings' Mr. Thackery on the Cummings' TV sitcom My Hero (1952). See more »

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A Cowboy Angel
3 June 2005 | by See all my reviews

I also have fond memories of "Montana Mike." I saw it on an old RCA TV with a round 12-inch screen. I had scarlet fever at the time, and the the TV was only 10 feet away, but sometimes the picture looked 10 yards or 10 miles away.

I, too, watched it every night on Million Dollar Movie. I thought I was going to die; and, if so, I wanted a cowboy angel like Robert Cummings to take me to heaven.

It's a beautiful and sensitive film and I'm surprised that the cheapo DVD distributors, like Alpha, Front Row, etc., haven't picked this one up. Lousy transfer and all, I'd love to see this film again


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