Directed by Alexander Hall • 1941 • United States
Starring Robert Montgomery, Evelyn Keyes, Claude Rains
A sophisticated supernatural Hollywood comedy whose influence continues to be felt, HERE COMES MR. JORDAN stars the eminently versatile Robert Montgomery as a working-class boxer and amateur aviator whose plane crashes in a freak accident. He finds himself in heaven but is told, by a wry angel named Mr. Jordan (Claude Rains), that his death was a clerical error, and that he can return to Earth by entering the body of a corrupt (and about-to-be-murdered) financier—whose soul could use a transplant. Nominated for seven Oscars (it won two) and the inspiration for a sequel with Rita Hayworth and two remakes, Alexander Hall’s effervescent HERE COMES MR. JORDAN is comic perfection.