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Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941)

Approved | | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance | 21 August 1941 (USA)
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Boxer Joe Pendleton dies 50 years too soon due to a heavenly mistake, and is given a new life as a millionaire playboy.

Director:

Alexander Hall

Writers:

Sidney Buchman (screen play), Seton I. Miller (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Won 2 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Robert Montgomery ... Joe Pendleton
Evelyn Keyes ... Bette Logan
Claude Rains ... Mr. Jordan
Rita Johnson ... Julia Farnsworth
Edward Everett Horton ... Messenger 7013
James Gleason ... Max Corkle
John Emery ... Tony Abbott
Donald MacBride ... Inspector Williams
Don Costello ... Lefty
Halliwell Hobbes ... Sisk
Benny Rubin ... Bugs
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Storyline

Boxer Joe Pendleton, flying to his next fight, crashes...because a Heavenly Messenger, new on the job, snatched Joe's spirit prematurely from his body. Before the matter can be rectified, Joe's body is cremated; so the celestial Mr. Jordan grants him the use of the body of wealthy Bruce Farnsworth, who's just been murdered by his wife. Joe tries to remake Farnsworth's unworthy life in his own clean-cut image, but then falls in love; and what about that murderous wife? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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A picture different from anything ever screened before!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 August 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Heaven Can Wait See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In the heavenly mix-up, Mr Jordan is told that Joe Pendleton will die in 1991. In reality, Robert Montgomery, who plays Pendleton, died 10 years earlier than that in 1981. Ironically, he was also cremated. See more »

Goofs

Pendleton (as Farnsworth) hands the $25,000 check to Max, who takes it with his left hand. There's an edit to a slightly different angle and suddenly the check is in Max's right hand. See more »

Quotes

Joe Pendleton: [Joe and Mr. Jordan are looking for a body for Joe to inhabit] You can't palm off a second-rater on me. You gotta remember I was in the pink!
Mr. Jordan: That is becoming a most obnoxious color, Joe.
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Connections

Version of Heaven's Touch (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

The Last Rose of Summer
(1808) (uncredited)
Music: traditional Irish melodies
Played often on saxophone by Robert Montgomery (probably dubbed)
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Wonderfully Surprising!
14 December 2003 | by crystallburnsSee all my reviews

I was watching it, randomly switching channels.

Opening scene is this introduction, that you read and it came across as a serious balls-to-the-wall drama. It gained my curiosity as to what kind of movie could be taking itself THIS seriously! Next scene is Montgomery boxing, playing a sax, and flying an airplane. It was funny, the banter was excellent, and I was laughing out loud.

10 mins later he dies!

The movie had so many 180' turns in it, but they all flow and keeps the viewers on their toes, at least it did me. I literally cried at times, and then the next scene had me hurting with laughter. The supporting cast, especially; Edward Everett Horton, James Gleason, and Evelyn Keyes were magnificent! This has now become one of my favorite movies! I give it a 9/10.


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