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Here Comes Mr. Jordan

Alexander Hall

 
Here Comes Mr. Jordan (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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  • United States
  • 1941
  • 94 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • English
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  • Spine #819

A sophisticated supernatural Hollywood comedy whose influence continues to be felt, Here Comes Mr. Jordan stars the eminently versatile Robert Montgomery as a working-class boxer and amateur aviator whose plane crashes in a freak accident. He finds himself in heaven but is told, by a wry angel named Mr. Jordan (Claude Rains), that his death was a clerical error, and that he can return to Earth by entering the body of a corrupt (and about-to-be-murdered) financier—whose soul could use a transplant. Nominated for seven Oscars (it won two) and the inspiration for a sequel with Rita Hayworth and two remakes, Alexander Hall’s effervescent Here Comes Mr. Jordan is comic perfection.

Cast

Joe PendletonRobert Montgomery
Bette LoganEvelyn Keyes
Mr. JordanClaude Rains
Julia FarnsworthRita Johnson
Messenger 7013Edward Everett Horton
Max CorkleJames Gleason
Tony AbbottJohn Emery
Inspector WilliamsDonald MacBride
LeftyDon Costello
SiskHalliwell Hobbes
BugsBenny Rubin

Credits

DirectorAlexander Hall
Produced byEverett Riskin
Screenplay bySidney Buchman and Seton I. Miller
From the play Heaven Can Wait byHarry Segall
Director of photographyJoseph Walker
Film editorViola Lawrence
Art directionLionel Banks
Assistant directorWilliam Mull
Gowns byEdith Head
Music byFrederick Hollander
Musical directorM. W. Stoloff

Disc Features

  • New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New conversation between critic Michael Sragow and filmmaker/distributor Michael Schlesinger
  • Audio interview from 1991 in which actor Elizabeth Montgomery discusses her father, actor Robert Montgomery
  • Lux Radio Theatre adaptation of Here Comes Mr. Jordan from 1942 starring Cary Grant, Claude Rains, Evelyn Keyes, and James Gleason
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Farran Smith Nehme

    New cover by Caitlin Kuhwald

Film Essays

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Here Comes the Angel of Death

By Farran Smith Nehme June 14, 2016

Alexander Hall’s 1941 film showcased Robert Montgomery’s star power and, with its premise of a death revoked, provided much-needed comic relief to war-worried audiences.
Read more »

Film Essays

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Here Comes the Angel of Death

By Farran Smith Nehme June 14, 2016

Alexander Hall’s 1941 film showcased Robert Montgomery’s star power and, with its premise of a death revoked, provided much-needed comic relief to war-worried audiences.
Read more »


Announcements

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New UK Releases for June 2016

April 25, 2016

This June brings a new set of Criterion releases in the United Kingdom, and we’re pleased to offer a powerful trio of films: Alexander Hall’s canonical comedy Here Comes Mr. Jordan, Charles . . . Read more »

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