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For Heaven's Sake (1950)

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An angel disguises himself as a crusty old rancher in order to visit Earth and help an unborn child find suitable parents.


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Credited cast:
Charles / Slim Charles
Lydia Bolton
Jeff Bolton
Daphne Peters
Tony Clark
Harry von Zell ...
Tex Henry
Joe Blake
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Joe's Mother (scenes deleted)


Two angels, Charles and Arthur, are sent down to retrieve a young girl who has selected the couple she wishes to be borne to but who are so involved in their theatrical lives that procreation doesn't get a look in. To try and ginger things up Charles materialises and poses as a rich potential backer for their next show, only to discover that life on earth can be quite fun. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Release Date:

29 January 1951 (Portugal)  »

Also Known As:

Apuros de um Anjo  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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One of only two of Clifton Webb's sound films in which he appears without his mustache. The other was Satan Never Sleeps (1962). See more »


Romeo and Juliet Fantasy-Overture
Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Played during the first Central Park scene and when they return to the apartment
Also hummed by Lydia during the "sheep" scene
Also played during the "autumn breeze" scene
Also played when Charles and Daphne are dancing
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The Earthly Pleasures & Perks
10 March 2012 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

The acid tongued Clifton Webb who earned three Oscar nominations in the Forties, in the Fifties had his image considerably softened and for most of the rest of his career would be doing items like For Heaven's Sake. How much base was applied to this acid for Webb to team with Edmund Gwenn as a pair of angels trying to help some unborn kids make their earthy debuts.

Webb has the tougher assignment. Gigi Perreau's prospective parents are theatrical couple Bob Cummings and Joan Bennett who've become rather jaded and are on the verge of splitting. Against a lot of celestial advice including Gwenn's, Webb decides to materialize and become human. And as his role model, Webb takes on the persona of Gary Cooper as a western millionaire. In fact Webb is shown going into a theater and seeing Coop in a revival of The Westerner. This is just to get some background information as to how to pull off the character.

And he enters the lives of Cummings and Bennett as another kind of angel, a theatrical one. Of course without any money since they don't use any where he's from. But when he does acquire some money, Webb acquires a lot of earthly habits and problems to go along with the pleasures and perks of being corporeal.

Webb and Gwenn who would team up again in Mr. Scoutmaster have a nice easy chemistry that really carries For Heaven's Sake to some really nice heights. I'd also make note of performances by Joan Blondell as an actress playing one a lot like Joan Blondell, Harry Von Zell in a nice caricature of a real Texas oil millionaire and most of all Jack LaRue as an actor who really starts believing he is one of those gangster tough guys he portrays on the screen. I think LaRue took as his model George Raft though God only knows LaRue played plenty of gangsters in his own career.

For Heaven's Sake holds up very nicely after over 60 years and makes nice family viewing.

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