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Heaven Can Wait

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Tookey's Rating
6 /10
Average Rating
8.00 /10
Gene Tierney, Don Ameche , Charles Coburn
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Directed by: Ernst Lubitsch
Written by: Samson Raphaelson from Ladislaus Bus-Fekete's play Birthdays

Released: 1943
Origin: US
Colour: C
Length: 112


A New York dandy (Don Ameche) imagines his sexual indiscretions during the gay 90s qualify him for Hell, but fails to impress Satan (Laird Cregar) with his reminiscences of a mis-spent life.

Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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Endearing fantasy featuring Don Ameche's finest performance - though he had to wait another 50 years to win an Academy Award, for Cocoon . It's beautifully designed - Hell is a knockout - and colourfully photographed (cameraman Edward Cronjager was Oscar-nominated). The dialogue is witty, and Samson Raphaelson's urbane script shows little signs of its origins as a Hungarian play. Lubitsch is strong on period detail, and doesn't allow the element of social satire to interfere with the fun and good humour.

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