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Heaven Can Wait

  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • 1943
  • Ernst Lubitsch
  • 107 mins
  • U

Summary

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.

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Review

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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.

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Credits

Cast

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MarthaGene Tierney
Henry Van CleveDon Ameche
Hugo Van CleveCharles Coburn
Mrs StrabelMarjorie Main
His Excellency, the DevilLaird Cregar
Bertha Van CleveSpring Byington
Albert Van CleveAllyn Joslyn
Mr StrabelEugene Pallette
MademoiselleSigne Hasso
Randolph Van CleveLouis Calhern
Peggy NashHelen Reynolds
JamesAubrey Mather

Crew

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DirectorErnst Lubitsch

Details

Theatrical distributor
20th Century Fox Film Co. Ltd
Language
English
Available on
DVD
Formats
Colour
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