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Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941)

Robert Montgomery , Claude Rains , Alexander Hall  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Robert Montgomery, Claude Rains, Evelyn Keyes, Rita Johnson, Edward Everett Horton
  • Directors: Alexander Hall
  • Writers: Harry Segall, Seton I. Miller, Sidney Buchman
  • Producers: Everett Riskin
  • Format: Black & White, Closed-captioned, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Portuguese, Japanese
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: February 6, 2007
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000KX0IOU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,521 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Even after two remakes--one a classic (Heaven Can Wait), the other, not so much (Chris Rock's Down to Earth)--this 1941 fantasy, an Oscar-winner for Best Original Story and Screenplay, has lost none of its ethereal charms. Robert Montgomery gives a knockout performance as Joe Pendleton, a boxer "in the pink" and poised to be the next heavyweight champion until a celestial messenger (Edward Everett Horton at his fussy best) pulls him from an impending plane crash and sends him to heaven before his time. Courtesy of Mr. Jordan (Claude Rains), Joe resumes his training in the body of a wealthy, unscrupulous businessman whose wife and personal secretary are plotting to murder. James Gleason steals his scenes as Joe's understandably befuddled manager, with lovely Evelyn Keyes as Bette Logan, whose innocent father the real Farnsworth framed and sent to prison, and with whom Joe/Farnsworth falls in love. Though this DVD doesn't even feature a chapter menu, the film itself is, as advertised, "as fantastic a yarn as was ever spun" and will make you feel, as Bette does when she looks into Joe's eyes, "warm, alive, and happy." And they don't make too many like that anymore. --Donald Liebenson

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When a boxer (Robert Montgomery) is accidentally called to Heaven 50 years before his time, it's upto celestial executive extraordinaire Mr. Jordan (Claude Rains) to straighten out the matter. When Columbia Pictures' financial advisors read the screenplay for the fantasy comedy Here Comes Mr. Jordan, they had their doubts as to its box-office potential. Screenwriter Sidney Buchman went directly to studio president Harry Cohn in an effort to convince him to make the film. Cohn liked the script's uniqueness and, saying that all his bankers wanted was "what sold last year," told Buchman he'd make the picture. To play the saxophone-playing boxer Joe Pendelton, Cohn decided to borrow Robert Montgomery from MGM. Although Mongomery had some initial doubts about his part, he delivered what was to become an Oscar -nominated performance. The film, which received a total of seven 1941 nominations, including Best Picture, won two (Best Motion Picture Story, Best Screenplay). Here Comes Mr. Jordan was so successful, it inspired a semi-sequel (1947's Down To Earth, which starred Rita Hayworth) and was eventually remade in 1978 as Heaven Can Wait.

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still "In the Pink" Sixty Years On October 25, 2003
Format:VHS Tape
It is a shame that this delightful comedy isn't better known today. Part of the reason might lie in the fact that the film's star Robert Montgomery (father of Elizabeth Montgomery of BEWITCHED), after a stint in the military in WW II, did very little acting following the war. Therefore, he doesn't have many later films to draw attention to his career as a whole. Also, after the war he because deeply involved in political matters, and was one of Hollywood's more avid Communist hunters. For whatever reason, the film does not today have the reputation it deserves.
There have been two remakes of this film, so some explanation is in order. HERE COMES MR. JORDAN was a film version of a play by Harry Segal titled HEAVEN CAN WAIT. There was a 1944 film by Ernst Lubitsch called HEAVEN CAN WAIT starring Don Ameche, but that movie had nothing in common with HERE COMES MR. JORDAN (apart from being an equally superb comedy). In 1978, Warren Beatty wanted to remake HERE COMES MR. JORDAN using the original play's title with Muhammad Ali in the lead role, but Ali's schedule made this impossible, so he cast himself in the lead and transformed the central character into a football quarterback. Not as good as the original film, this actually wasn't a bad movie at all. In 2001, the film was remade again as DOWN TO EARTH, starring Chris Rock. I often love Chris Rock, but this film is not merely one of the low points of his career: it is a miserable film on every level, with the dreadful decision to make our hero a comic rather than an athlete.
Because of the remakes, the plot is familiar: Joe Pendleton, a boxer with a penchant for playing the saxophone and a shot at the title, is accidentally taken to heaven fifty years too early by an overzealous angel who wrongly assumes that he is about to die.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
By Mikey
Format:DVD
(January 1, 2007)

A WONDERFUL, WONDERFUL MOTION PICTURE...

Very happy to see that this terrific film will finally be struck to DVD.

But please, Sony, correct the cover art faux pas that has plagued this great film since its VHS release.

The actress pictured next to Robert Montgomery should be Evelyn Keyes, but is NOT!

Instead, actress Rita Johnson is pictured. Rita Johnson played the part of the murdering, adulteress wife of Bruce Farnsworth (Montgomery) in the flim. :-\

This art was obviously created or selected by someone who has never viewed this fine film--or the very beautiful Evelyn Keyes.

Please, Sony, correct this miscue before this DVD's February release date.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intensely romantic fantasy, outstanding performances. January 14, 2007
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Here Come's Mr. Jordan is an intensely romantic fantasy displaying the most extreme example of enduring love that spans human identities, and one of the first and best films of it's kind. It's kind includes Angel on My Shoulder, The Bishop's Wife, That's The Spirit, A Guy Named Joe, and so forth. They don't make movies like these anymore; the closest I've seen recently is The Dust Factory.

Robert Montgomery (They Were Expendable, Lady In The Lake) plays prize fighter Joe Pendleton, who's hobbies include playing the saxaphone and flying. James Gleason (The Bishop's Wife, Suddenly) plays Joe's manager Max Corkle, the only human who knows what really happened. Joe apparently died when his plane dived into the earth. But the angel of death responsible for New Jersey - that is, the one who collects souls from the state, played here by Edward Everett Horton (Top Hat, Pocketful of Miracles) - separated Joe's soul and body before the plane crashed, and Joe maintains he would have pulled it out of the dive.

Mr. Jordan is one of the roles Claudes Rains (The Invisible Man, King's Row) was born to play, the head angel in charge of the death department. When he takes up the case Jordan discovers Joe was meant to win the championship. But Joe's body has been cremated by now. It seems the only solution is to insert Joe's soul into another suitable body - any one about to be vacated that could conceivably become the boxing champion. It turns out not so easy to find an appropriate candidate, but when they're considering millionaire Farnsworth, Joe's immediately enamored with a young lady (Evelyn Keyes) attempting to see Farnsworth and appeal to him on her father's behalf. She claims Farnsworth framed her father, now in prison.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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Here Come's Mr. Jordan is an intensely romantic fantasy displaying the most extreme example of enduring love that spans human identities, and one of the first and best films of it's kind. It's kind includes Angel on My Shoulder, The Bishop's Wife, That's The Spirit, A Guy Named Joe, and so forth. They don't make movies like these anymore; the closest I've seen recently is The Dust Factory.

Robert Montgomery (They Were Expendable, Lady In The Lake) plays prize fighter Joe Pendleton, who's hobbies include playing the saxaphone and flying. James Gleason (The Bishop's Wife, Suddenly) plays Joe's manager Max Corkle, the only human who knows what really happened. Joe apparently died when his plane dived into the earth. But the angel of death responsible for New Jersey - that is, the one who collects souls from the state, played here by Edward Everett Horton (Top Hat, Pocketful of Miracles) - separated Joe's soul and body before the plane crashed, and Joe maintains he would have pulled it out of the dive.

Mr. Jordan is one of the roles Claudes Rains (The Invisible Man, King's Row) was born to play, the head angel in charge of the death department. When he takes up the case Jordan discovers Joe was meant to win the championship. But Joe's body has been cremated by now. It seems the only solution is to insert Joe's soul into another suitable body - any one about to be vacated that could conceivably become the boxing champion. It turns out not so easy to find an appropriate candidate, but when they're considering millionaire Farnsworth, Joe's immediately enamored with a young lady (Evelyn Keyes) attempting to see Farnsworth and appeal to him on her father's behalf. She claims Farnsworth framed her father, now in prison.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars ORIGINAL VERSION IS OK
I love old B&W movies, and I loved "Heaven can wait" with Warren Beatty. However, this original version is just not as hysterical as Warren's version.
Published 12 days ago by Ann T. Verschuuren
5.0 out of 5 stars Really good movie
I find it funny and it has a really good cast. It hard not to feel a lot of sympathy for Claude Rains and Montgomery plays the aggrieved boxer to perfection. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Craig Reges
5.0 out of 5 stars Still worth watching
My children have seen all three versions of this movie, and all three of my children agree, this is the best movie to watch.
Published 2 months ago by Rodney A Hauck
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than ever!
I saw this movie for the first time on TV with my mom when I was a little girl. I loved the idea of an angel helping an ordinary man making his dream come true. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Elizabeth Bell
5.0 out of 5 stars love it
the first is always the best enjoy it and love it recommend it would like to have it in DVD and in color
Published 3 months ago by heltan
5.0 out of 5 stars A favorite from my youth!
This was a favorite from my youth! I was excited about finding this movie, and enjoyed every moment. Thank you for preserving this classic!
Published 3 months ago by June Summers Hairston
5.0 out of 5 stars Here Comes Mr. Jordan
One of my favorite movies of all time! This movie ranks in my top twenty...Robert Montgomery, Claude Rains (as Mr. Jordan) and Evelyn Keyes are at their finest... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Darryl Wren
2.0 out of 5 stars Dvd Quality not equal to the VHS standard tape I own. The dvd was not...
Not good quality above the VHS copy I have. In fact I think the VHS copy of this film was better. This dvd had excessive grain and not great sound. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Michael Shapiro
5.0 out of 5 stars A CLASSIC FILM!!!
This is a great classic film. It is a film that should be in everyone's collection, especially if you are an actor or studying the craft.
Published 5 months ago by Carlo Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars Charming!
This is one of the finest movies about what might happen after we die, or supposedly die. It's a comedy, a love story, a lot of truth about corporations and a lot of confusion for... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Kevin H. Cushman
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