Heaven Can Wait
Heaven Can Wait (1943)

On the day of his death in 1943, the spirit of Henry Van Cleave (Don Ameche) obligingly heads for the place where so many people had previously told him to go. The immaculately dressed septuagenarian arrives at the outer offices of Hades,… More

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Rated: G
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Release Date: August 11, 1943
DVD Release Date: June 14, 2005
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out

Count German expat Ernst Lubitsch among the directors whose films require a darkened theater and a willing audience to even work -- you just won't get him at home on your flatscreen.

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Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal

Elegant, ironic Lubitsch gem.

Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan

The Lubitsch Touch is clearly here. Colorful, tongue firmly in cheek comedy-fantasy.

Chuck Wilson
Village Voice

Heaven Can Wait may be 73 years old, but it's vibrant and alive, and teaching us anew the central language of film.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The charming period piece has more depth in its cheerful depiction of death and breezy satire on society mores than what might be apparent.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Late in the day Lubitsch, but a great one.

Emanuel Levy

Scripted by Raphaelson, the helmer's frequent collaborator, this light, suave comedy of manners (his first in color) displays what's known as the Lubitsch touch and would have been more successful with a more charismatic actor than Don Ameche.

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Chris Barsanti

too little to make up for the emptiness that lies at the core of the film's conceit

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Flixster Audience Score: 75% Flixster User Reviews
Spencer S.
Not the predecessor of the Warren Beatty vehicle of the seventies, Heaven Can Wait is a sweet comedy that follows the life of philandering playboy Henry Van… More
Stella Dallas
utterly charming. gene tierney has the cutest overbite in pictures
Randy Tippy
Don Ameche is subtle but superb as Henry Van Cleve, the trust-fund Casanova who feels compelled to recount his life story to Satan at the gates of hell.
Ken Stachnik
I know this is going to resonate a lot more with me in about 15 years.
Aj V
The original Heaven Can Wait. If you've seen the remakes, I recommend taking a look at this one.
Jennifer Xu
Lubitsch's delightfully elegant rom-com (if one could call it that) is drastically different from the screwball comedies of the era. His style is… More