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Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941)

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Robert Montgomery plays saxophone-playing boxer Joe Pendleton, who insists upon piloting his own plane, much to the consternation of his manager Max Corkle (James Gleason). Just before a championship bout, Joe's plane crashes. When he revives, he finds he has been whisked away to Heaven by the overanxious Messenger #7013. Checking with the man in charge, one Mr. Jordan (Claude Rains), Pendleton discovers that he isn't scheduled to die for another 50 years. Joe heads back to earth, only to learn to his chagrin that his body has been cremated. Mr. Jordan is obliged to find Joe a new body; the "candidate" is a business mogul named Farnsworth, who is in the process of being murdered in his bath by his wife (Rita Johnson) and her lover (John Emery). Joe takes over Farnsworth's body, astonishing the murderers by emerging from the bathroom, very much alive (while Joe still looks like Joe to himself and the audience, he looks like Farnsworth to everyone else). Still desirous of winning the upcoming championship, Joe begins to whip Farnsworth's body into shape, even hiring Max Corkle to manage him. It takes some doing, but Joe convinces Max that he is indeed Joe and not Farnsworth (their scenes together are priceless, far better seen than described). Meanwhile, Joe has fallen in love with Bette Logan (Evelyn Keyes), a woman whose father had been ruined by the real Farnsworth. For her sake, he pays back millions of dollars that the crooked Farnsworth had finagled out of his investors. This prompts Mrs. Farnsworth and her lover to kill "Farnsworth" again, and once more Joe Pendleton is without a body. How Mr. Jordan arranges for Joe to win the championship, expose the murderers and walk off arm and arm with Bette is a bit too complex to detail here. Here Comes Mr. Jordan is one of the most consistently clever romantic comedies of the 1940s, and richly deserving of the Oscars won by screenwriters Sidney Buchman, Seton I. Miller and Harry Segall. A sequel, Down to Earth, was filmed in 1947, with Roland Culver as Mr. Jordan; and in 1978, the original Jordan was remade by Warren Beatty as Heaven Can Wait.

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Cast

Robert Montgomery
as Joe Pendleton
Claude Rains
as Mr. Jordan
Evelyn Keyes
as Bette Logan
Edward Everett Horton
as Messenger 7013
Rita Johnson
as Julia Farnsworth
James Gleason
as Max Corkle
John Emery
as Tony Abbott
Donald MacBride
as Insp. Williams
Bert Young
as Taxi Driver
Ken Christy
as Plainclothesman
Abe Roth
as Referee
Tom Hanlon
as Announcer
Selmar Jackson
as Board Member
Joe Hickey
as Gilbert
Warren Ashe
as Charlie
John Kerns
as Sparring Partner
Mary Currier
as Secretary
Eddie Bruce
as Reporter
Douglas Wood
as Board Member
Selmer Jackson
as Board Member
Joe Conti
as Newsboy
Billy Newell
as Handler
Lloyd Bridges
as Co-Pilot
Edmund Elton
as Elderly Man
Maurice Costello
as Ringsider at Fight
John Ince
as Bill Collector
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All Critics (18)

juggles the tones and genre shifts with an impressive deftness that makes it feel all of a piece even though, in many ways, it is all over the place

July 6, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
Q Network Film Desk

There are some nice comic moments peppered throughout, but more interesting than the film itself is its influence on film and TV.

June 20, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The delightful Here Comes Mr. Jordan was based on a play (Harry Segall's Heaven Can Wait), but it's hardly a stagebound film, given its ease at hopping between numerous locales both earthy and celestial.

June 18, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
Creative Loafing

A mildly amusing comedy fantasy that was extremely popular during WWII and later served as the basis for Warren Beatty's 1978 Heaven Can Wait.

March 25, 2009 | Rating: B | Full Review…
EmanuelLevy.Com

Mr. Jordan has the right kind of love for itself: it isn't self-glorifying or self-fetishizing so much as it is contagiously warm toward its characters and besotted with its tenderly ambitious script

March 13, 2009 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
Nick's Flick Picks

The film is surprisingly sharp-edged and caustic for 1941 fare.

February 18, 2007 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for Here Comes Mr. Jordan

Although a carbon copy of Heaven Can Wait, Jordan is a far superior film. The characters are loveable and you truly want to see a reconciliation of matters from the heavens. Beatty would of course ruin the story in his remake of Heaven Can Wait which liberally steals from Jordan.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

This movie has been remade so many times, I wasn't surprised by anything that happened in this one, the original. It didn't really interest me anymore, except that some of the scenes were pretty funny. And the acting is good.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

There's a reason this has been remade so many times.

Anthony Valletta
Anthony Valletta

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