ByJune 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.
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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.
|Produced by||Everett Riskin|
|Screenplay by||Sidney Buchman and Seton I. Miller|
|From the play Heaven Can Wait by||Harry Segall|
|Director of photography||Joseph Walker|
|Film editor||Viola Lawrence|
|Art direction||Lionel Banks|
|Assistant director||William Mull|
|Gowns by||Edith Head|
|Music by||Frederick Hollander|
|Musical director||M. W. Stoloff|