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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: Multiple Formats, 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: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000KX0IOU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,020 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Here Comes Mr. Jordan" on IMDb

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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

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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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Great cast, great story, great movie.
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Robert Montgomery (Elizabeth's Dad) is great in the title role.
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They don't make movies like this anymore, well hardly ever.
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Robert Moore HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 25, 2003
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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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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By R. Christenson / Lunamation on 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 By R. Christenson / Lunamation on June 26, 2005
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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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