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Robert Montgomery plays saxophone-playing boxer Joe Pendleton, who insists upon piloting his own plane, much to the consternation of his manager Max Corkle (James Gleason). Just before a championship bout, Joe's plane crashes. When he revives, he finds he has been whisked away to Heaven by the overanxious Messenger #7013. Checking with the man in charge, one Mr. Jordan (Claude Rains), Pendleton discovers that he isn't scheduled to die for another 50 years. Joe heads back to earth, only to learn to his chagrin that his body has been cremated. Mr. Jordan is obliged to find Joe a new body; the "candidate" is a business mogul named Farnsworth, who is in the process of being murdered in his bath by his wife (Rita Johnson) and her lover (John Emery). Joe takes over Farnsworth's body, astonishing the murderers by emerging from the bathroom, very much alive (while Joe still looks like Joe to himself and the audience, he looks like Farnsworth to everyone else). Still desirous of winning the upcoming championship, Joe begins to whip Farnsworth's body into shape, even hiring Max Corkle to manage him. It takes some doing, but Joe convinces Max that he is indeed Joe and not Farnsworth (their scenes together are priceless, far better seen than described). Meanwhile, Joe has fallen in love with Bette Logan (Evelyn Keyes), a woman whose father had been ruined by the real Farnsworth. For her sake, he pays back millions of dollars that the crooked Farnsworth had finagled out of his investors. This prompts Mrs. Farnsworth and her lover to kill "Farnsworth" again, and once more Joe Pendleton is without a body. How Mr. Jordan arranges for Joe to win the championship, expose the murderers and walk off arm and arm with Bette is a bit too complex to detail here. Here Comes Mr. Jordan is one of the most consistently clever romantic comedies of the 1940s, and richly deserving of the Oscars won by screenwriters Sidney Buchman, Seton I. Miller and Harry Segall. A sequel, Down to Earth, was filmed in 1947, with Roland Culver as Mr. Jordan; and in 1978, the original Jordan was remade by Warren Beatty as Heaven Can Wait. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:July 23, 1941

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Harry Segall Best Original Story 1941 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Alexander Hall Best Director 1941 Nominee
National Board of Review James Gleason Best Acting 1941 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences James Gleason Best Supporting Actor 1941 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Joseph Walker Best Black and White Cinematography 1941 Nominee
National Board of Review Robert Montgomery Best Acting 1941 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Robert Montgomery Best Actor 1941 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Sidney Buchman Best Screenplay 1941 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Seton Miller Best Screenplay 1941 Winner

Cast

Robert Montgomery
as Joe Pendleton/Bruce Farnsworth/ Ralph Murdoch
Evelyn Keyes
as Bette Logan
Claude Rains
as Mr. Jordan
Rita Johnson
as Julia Farnsworth
Edward Everett Horton
as Messenger 7013
James Gleason
as Max Corkle
John Emery
as Tony Abbott
Donald MacBride
as Inspector Williams
Don Costello
as Lefty
Halliwell Hobbes
as Sisk
Benny Rubin
as Bugs
Billy Newell
as Handler
Warren Ashe
as Charlie
Joseph Crehan
as Doctor
Selmar Jackson
as Board Member
Bert Young
as Taxi Driver
William Forrest
Maurice Costello
as Ringsider at Fight
John Ince
as Bill Collector
Mary Currier
as Secretary
Eddie Bruce
as Reporter
Ken Christy
as Plainclothesman
Lloyd Bridges
as Co-Pilot
Douglas Wood
Chester Conklin
as Newsboy
Edmund Elton
as Elderly Man

Crew

Harry Segall
Play Author
Harry Segall
Screenwriter
Sidney Buchman
Screenwriter
Seton Miller
Screenwriter
Joseph Walker
Cinematographer
Morris W. Stoloff
Composer (Music Score)
Morris W. Stoloff
Musical Direction/Supervision
Frederick Hollander
Composer (Music Score)
Frederick Hollander
Musical Direction/Supervision
Viola Lawrence
Editor
Edith Head
Costume Designer
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