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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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HILARIOUS LAFF HIT! (original print ad - all caps) See more »

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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 »

Company Credits

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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Trivia

One of only two of Clifton Webb's sound films in which he appears without his mustache. The other was Satan Never Sleeps (1962). See more »

Soundtracks

Serenade in Blue
(uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Played on the radio when Jeff and Daphne are in the car
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Completely charming
11 March 2012 | by jjnxn-1See all my reviews

Utterly charming comedy with Clifton Webb and Edmund Gwenn delightful as a pair of guardian angels tasked with getting a little girl born to a self absorbed but good hearted couple.

Joan Bennett comes across well as the prospective mother, a warm presence this film came along just as she was segueing from her period as a film noir chippy to character and mother roles. Joan Blondell is great fun as a flashy screenwriter injecting her special brand of zip whenever she's on screen. Robert Cummings is bland as the father to be but he fades into the background and doesn't hurt the picture.

As enjoyable as the two Joans are this is really Clifton's show and he makes the most of it especially after he temporarily returns to earth in human form and has many misadventures. A sweet, feel good film in the best sense of that phrase.


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