Here Comes Mr. Jordan

Here Comes Mr. Jordan (5/3/09) TV-TCM (1941 ***½) Directed by Alexander Hall, starring Robert Montgomery, Claude Rains and Evelyn Keyes. This delightful fantasy comedy about a boxer/pilot/saxophone player taken up to heaven fifty years before his time was the basis for Warren Beatty’s 1978 film, Heaven Can Wait, but not the 1943 film titled Heaven Can Wait, starring Don Ameche. Even though Here Comes Mr. Jordan was about a guy named Joe, it should also not be confused with 1943’s A Guy Named Joe, starring Spencer Tracy, which was remade in 1989 by Steven Spielberg, starring Richard Dreyfuss, and was renamed Always. That film should not be confused with 1985’s Always, which was written and directed by independent filmmaker Henry Jaglom. Finally, Here Comes Mr. Jordan also shared a few plot elements in common with the David Niven film A Matter of Life and Death (1946), which was released in the U.S.A. as Stairway to Heaven, which should not be <sigh> confused with the Led Zeppelin song of the same name. What was the question again?

1 Response to “Here Comes Mr. Jordan”

  1. 1 Donald Glass

    I think that just about covers it. One of my all-time classic favorites. Robert Montgomery is great in the part.

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