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For Heaven's Sake (1950)

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

Director:

George Seaton

Writers:

George Seaton, Dorothy Segall (play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Clifton Webb ... Charles / Slim Charles
Joan Bennett ... Lydia Bolton
Robert Cummings ... Jeff Bolton
Edmund Gwenn ... Arthur
Joan Blondell ... Daphne Peters
Gigi Perreau ... Item
Jack La Rue ... Tony Clark
Harry von Zell ... Tex Henry
Tommy Rettig ... Joe Blake
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Julie Adams ... Joe's Mother (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

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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That BELVEDERE man is back! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Fantasy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 January 1951 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

Apuros de um Anjo See more »

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Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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A picture of Marilyn Monroe can be seen on a magazine cover in the scene where Clifton Webb is playing the harp. See more »

Soundtracks

Romeo and Juliet Fantasy-Overture
(uncredited)
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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"These High Heels Are Killing Me!"
30 January 2006 | by HandlinghandelSee all my reviews

When Clifton Webb says this, he is referring to cowboy boots. In this exceptionally peculiar movie, he is an angel. So is Edmund Gwenn. Gigi Perreau and Tommy Rettig are also, though they are angels of a different, rather mawkish, sort.

When Webb utters this comment, he is pretending to be a Texan and an angel of a different sort: a theatrical angel. You see, little Gigi wants to be born as a human child (as does little Tommy.) Gigi has chosen her prospective parents: Robert Cummings and Joan Bennett. (Does this seem to anyone else like an unlikely match?) They are a theatrical couple -- he a director, she a star. They live in a chic Manhattan duplex. Cummings is urbane and Bennett looks luscious.

There are in-jokes about pets named Alfred and Lynn and tossed-off comments about Arlene and Martin. It has a swanky style.

Webb is saddled (no pun intended) with a highly unflattering hair style when he plays the Texas millionaire. He gets top billing but for the most part his considerable talents are wasted. OH! And he falls for the as always delightful, here tanned and rather plump Joan Blondell. She is playing a famous playwright.

The combination of the cynical story of the selfish theatrical people with the icky concept of angels waiting to be born as children makes for a fascinatingly strange concoction.


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