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