Alexander Hall

Here Comes Mr. Jordan

Here Comes Mr. Jordan

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.

Film Info

  • Alexander Hall
  • United States
  • 1941
  • 94 minutes
  • Black & White
  • 1.33:1
  • English
  • Spine #819

Special 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

Purchase Options

Special 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
Here Comes Mr. Jordan
Cast
Robert Montgomery
Joe Pendleton
Evelyn Keyes
Bette Logan
Claude Rains
Mr. Jordan
Rita Johnson
Julia Farnsworth
Edward Everett Horton
Messenger 7013
James Gleason
Max Corkle
John Emery
Tony Abbott
Donald MacBride
Inspector Williams
Don Costello
Lefty
Halliwell Hobbes
Sisk
Benny Rubin
Bugs
Credits
Director
Alexander Hall
Produced by
Everett Riskin
Screenplay by
Sidney Buchman
Screenplay by
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

From The Current

Here Comes the Angel of Death
Here Comes the Angel of Death

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.


By Farran Smith Nehme

On Film / Essays — Jun 14, 2016