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  A Guy Named Joe (1944)
     
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Dead airman called Joe (Spencer Tracy) watches over living pilots, including his former fiancee (Irene Dunne). Remade by Steven Spielberg as Always (1989).

I can hardly conceive of a picture more stonily impious. Joe's affability in the afterlife is enough to discredit the very idea that death in combat amounts to anything more than getting a freshly pressed uniform... The people who have the best right to picket God on this matter, or at least Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, are the dead whom the film is supposed to honor; failing that, widows, and the surviving pupils and lovers, can hardly make adequate protest.
(James Agee, in his round-up of 1944's films)

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