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Heaven Only Knows (1947)

Approved | | Adventure, Comedy, Family | 12 September 1947 (USA)
An angel is sent to earth to help a saloon owner and gambler save his soul.


Albert S. Rogell


Aubrey Wisberg (original story), Ernest Haycox (treatment) | 2 more credits »


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Complete credited cast:
Robert Cummings ... Michael, aka Mike
Brian Donlevy ... Adam 'Duke' Byron
Marjorie Reynolds ... Ginger 'The Copper Queen'
Jorja Curtright ... Drusilla Wainwright
Bill Goodwin ... Bill Plumber
John Litel ... Reverend Wainwright
Stuart Erwin ... Sheriff Matt Bodine
Gerald Mohr ... Treason
Edgar Kennedy ... Judd
Lurene Tuttle ... Mrs. O'Donnell
Peter Miles Peter Miles ... Speck O'Donnell
Will Orleans Will Orleans ... Kansas City Kid (as Will Orlean)
Ray Bennett ... Lawyer Creel


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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Release Date:

12 September 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Montana Mike See more »

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Production Co:

Nero Films See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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I too loved this movie as a kid...
30 June 2000 | by negevoli-44See all my reviews

Like Allanph I saw this on TV when I was very small and I remember it as "Moantana Mike." It used to be on pretty frequently in the early days of television, as I remember, and my brother and I both loved it. I have been trying to tape it or buy it since videos became available, with no luck. I wish the powers that be would re-release it on video. It is a fond memory from a more innocent time. And it must be a great film because my brother and I both have the same strong desire to see it again. I am sure it is a classic, so why not treat it as such?

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