Heaven Can Wait


An old roué arrives in Hades to review his life with Satan, who will rule on his eligibility to enter the Underworld.

ACTORS: Gene Tierney, Don Ameche, Charles Coburn


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Odd little comedy about Hell


Heaven Can Wait, Believe it or not, this movie owes a lot to the incredibly long-winded and horrid epic German poem, FAUST. While it is not a word-for-word recreation of this horror, it is very similar–particularly at the very end when the lead character is miraculously transported from Hell to Heaven due to his love for a woman. Do yourself a favor and DON’T read the poem–its tedious and only something pseudo-intellectuals read so they can seem smarter they are. I only read it because I was held hostage by a group of deranged English Lit majors and forced at gunpoint! Anyway, back to the review. The story is a long series of flashbacks in Hell as Don Ameche tells his life story to the most erudite and pleasant Satan I have ever seen on film–it makes you kind of look forward to eternal damnation.

The story is handled beautifully and extremely artistically–thanks to the great director, Ernst Lubitsch. Watch it and enjoy–it’s a heck of a film.

Fans of Lubitsch, Tierney, Coburn and Ameche will love this

I have loved Gene Tierney since Laura and The Ghost and Mrs Muir, and Ernst Lubitsch is a brilliant director, I am especially fond of The Shop Around the Corner and The Merry Widow. Heaven Can Wait is a wonderful film, and another one of Lubitsch’s best. The production values are impeccable, with stunning costumes and beautiful photography and sets and the Technicolour is as radiant now as it was then. Alfred Newman’s score is wonderful, and the soundtrack choices are perfectly chosen and incorporated. The script is filled with warmth, charm, wit and honesty, while the story is never dull and Lubitsch’s direction superb. Don Ameche is perfectly cast, Gene Tierney looks gorgeous, Laird Cregar is very effective in his satanic role and Charles Coburn is hilarious as the wise-cracking grandfather. So all in all, a classic.

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