Heaven Can Wait

Heaven Can Wait

Ernst Lubitsch (1943)

U Certificate


Our Score
This witty satire masquerading as a 20th Century-Fox family saga gets its title from the prologue in which the Devil (Laird Cregar) sits in judgement on Don Ameche in a gloriously Technicolored hell, from where Ameche reviews his life. This is as good as Ameche gets; not only is he perfectly cast, but also brilliantly directed by the comic genius Ernst Lubitsch, working in colour for the first time. The film has great warmth, charm and honesty, and grows on you until, at the end, you're sorry to leave. Gene Tierney has never looked lovelier nor The Merry Widow been used more emotively. Each viewing confirms this film's growing status as a classic.


A roguish playboy dies and goes to Hell, but the Devil is not convinced he has sinned enough or has the right wicked credentials to merit entry. This prompts the old rascal to recount the story of his outrageously immoral life, from stealing his cousin's fiancee to meddling in his son's romance with a singer. Fantasy comedy, starring Don Ameche, Laird Cregar, Gene Tierney and Spring Byington.

Cast & Crew

Martha Gene Tierney
Henry Van Cleve Don Ameche
Hugo Van Cleve Charles Coburn
Mrs Strabel Marjorie Main
His Excellency, the Devil Laird Cregar
Bertha Van Cleve Spring Byington
Albert Van Cleve Allyn Joslyn
Mr Strabel Eugene Pallette
Mademoiselle Signe Hasso
Randolph Van Cleve Louis Calhern
Peggy Nash Helen Reynolds
James Aubrey Mather
Director Ernst Lubitsch
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: 20th Century Fox Film Co. LtdAvailable on: DVD
Comedy Drama