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Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941)

Not Rated | | 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.

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Alexander Hall

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Sidney Buchman (screen play), Seton I. Miller (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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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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Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Columbia planned to film a sequel to this picture entitled "Hell Bent for Mr. Jordan", but shelved the project until the original cast could be re-assembled. That picture was never produced. See more »

Goofs

Mr. Farnsworth (Joe Pendleton) says several words to others near him [at 0:54 in the 1:37 film] that are not present on the soundtrack, probably due to an editing error. 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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Remade as The Skies Have Bowed (1968) See more »

Soundtracks

The Last Rose of Summer
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Music: traditional Irish melodies
Played often on saxophone by Robert Montgomery (probably dubbed)
Played also in the score
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Heaven Can't Wait
28 November 2005 | by dwtmSee all my reviews

During a flight in a personal airplane, a young boxer by the name of Joe Pendleton crashes into a wooded area - just within the first ten minutes of the beginning of Here Comes Mr. Jordan. Unfortunately, a heavenly escort prematurely plucks his body from the plane before the actual crash, thereby rendering Joe body-less, yet technically alive. Joe's body is promptly cremated, so his new friend, Mr. Jordan, promises Joe a new form and they begin a search for a replacement. The 1941 film centers around Joe Pendleton, an affable man and a capable boxer, who is on his way to a fight whenever he meets his untimely death. With the help of Mr. Jordan, Joe attempts to reverse his misfortune with a new body and a fresh opportunity to enter the title fight. Along the way, however, he meets the unexpected: a beautiful, independent, and charmingly belligerent woman that he falls hopelessly in love with. The film centers around Joe's struggle to realize his dream of winning a title fight, however, it is truly a romantic comedy with themes that tend to focus on love and the fulfillment of our dreams. The makers of the film use Joe's different forms to impart their view that love is a connection between two people, while the body is simply a shell and love is a faceless awareness that sees through physical realities. Don't be turned off by this seemingly heavy theme, because Joe's constant wisecracks and frequent squabbles with the man who took him from his body keep the film light and enjoyable. Despite the occasional sluggish scene, this timeless film offers enough clean-cut comedy and bearable romanticism to warrant a viewing. It deals with an important subject without taking any importance away from keeping the film light and fun to watch.


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