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Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941) was a Fantasy - Comedy Film directed by Alexander Hall and produced by Everett Riskin.

Academy Awards 1941 --- Ceremony Number 14 (source: AMPAS)

Best ActorRobert MontgomeryNominated
Best Supporting ActorJames GleasonNominated
Best CinematographyJoseph WalkerNominated
Best DirectorAlexander HallNominated
Best PictureColumbiaNominated
Best WritingHarry SegallWon
Best WritingSidney Buchman, Seton I. MillerWon

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Joe Pendleton: [Joe and Mr. Jordan are looking for a body for Joe to inhabit] You can't palm off a second-rater on me. You gotta remember I was in the pink!
Mr. Jordan: That is becoming a most obnoxious color, Joe.

Max Corkle: Ohhhh... I'm goin' around again!

Messenger 7013: I have an idea, Mr. Jordan, couldn't we have him reborn?
Joe Pendleton: Nothing doing; I'm not gonna go through *that* again!

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Columbia chief Harry Cohn had serious misgivings about this adaptation of Harry Segall's minor stage play. He preferred to reserve his more lavish budgets for surefire successes (i.e., anything featuring the studio's biggest star, Rita Hayworth). However, Sidney Buchman was eventually able to talk Cohn into forking out for costly celestial sets and Farnsworth's elaborate mansion and also into hiring Robert Montgomery on loan-out from MGM. Buchman was also able to convince Cohn that he had a better appreciation of what the public would pay to see than the Wall Street bankers who Cohn answered to.
Claude Rains plays an agent of Heaven who finds a new body for the soul of Robert Montgomery. In Angel on My Shoulder Rains plays the Devil, who finds a new body for the soul of Paul Muni. Harry Segall, who wrote the story for the latter film, also wrote the play "Heaven Can Wait", upon which Here Comes Mr. Jordan is based.
"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie onJanuary 26, 1942 with Claude Rains, Evelyn Keyes and James Gleason reprising their film roles.
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