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The Cockeyed Miracle (1946)

Approved | | Fantasy, Comedy | 12 December 1946 (Sweden)
Man returns from heaven to make up for financial errors he made that caused harm to his family.

Director:

S. Sylvan Simon

Writers:

Karen DeWolf, George Seaton (play)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Frank Morgan ... Sam Griggs
Keenan Wynn ... Ben Griggs
Cecil Kellaway ... Tom Carter
Audrey Totter ... Jennifer Griggs
Richard Quine ... Howard Bankson
Gladys Cooper ... Amy Griggs
Marshall Thompson ... Jim Griggs
Leon Ames ... Ralph Humphrey
Jane Green Jane Green ... Mrs. Lynne
Morris Ankrum ... Dr. Wilson
Arthur Space ... Amos Spellman
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Storyline

Man returns from heaven to make up for financial errors he made that caused harm to his family.

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Plot Keywords:

afterlife | ghost | based on play | See All (3) »

Genres:

Fantasy | Comedy

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 December 1946 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

The Return of Mr. Griggs See more »

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Budget:

$663,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film did poorly at the box office, resulting in a loss for MGM of $182,000 ($2.27M in 2017) according to studio records. See more »

Quotes

Jennifer Griggs: I'm sorry, Jim... for you.
Jim Griggs: So am I... for you.
Howard Bankson: I'm sorry too.
Sam Griggs: Well, you can all stop being so darn sorry for each other!
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Referenced in Forecast (1945) See more »

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Unfinished Business
9 March 2017 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

The Cockeyed Miracle is the screen name for the play by George Seaton Gone But Not Goodbye. It had a most brief run on Broadway, only 23 performances and it starred Harry Carey instead of Frank Morgan. My guess is that we got a much different interpretation than we did from Morgan on the screen.

Even flop plays on Broadway can be movie hits especially when it involves the special effects that are impossible on the stage since we are dealing with ghosts.

Morgan plays a kindly loving soul, patriarch of a family shipbuilding business, a wonderful husband to Gladys Cooper and father to Audrey Totter and Marshall Thompson. But he wasn't the best businessman in the world.

So when Morgan gets the heavenly summons one night from no less than his own father Keenan Wynn he's reluctant to go until all the family romantic and financial affairs are settled. Wynn is pushing him to depart for another plane of existence, why I don't know since they have nothing but time now. Still even without people seeing or hearing them things do seem to right themselves.

The Cockeyed Miracle is a charming fantasy with a well assembled ensemble giving it their all. It still holds up well today.

That's the thing with shuffling off the mortal coil. It does come at inconvenient times it seems.


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