Heaven Can Wait
What's it About
On the day of his death, assured that he'll be rebuffed in Paradise, aristocratic New Yorker Henry Van Cleve (Ameche) pays a visit to His Excellency (Cregar), a highly courteous Lucifer who agrees to listen to Van Cleve's life story and determine whether he's right for Hell — a place people had often "told him to go." Thus begins this playboy's tale of lifelong philandering, and the effect it had on his lovely wife Martha (Tierney), a woman he truly adored at first sight.
Why We Love It
A deft, subtly brilliant romantic comedy by the great Ernst Lubitsch, "Heaven" examines a privileged man whose boyish love of courtship colors his devotion to his wife, making his life "one continuous misdemeanor." Penned by the gifted Samson Raphaelson and shot in lavish Technicolor, "Heaven" marries urbane wit and bittersweet themes about youth and aging, folly and regret. Ameche and Tierney make a handsome, appealing pair from their first meeting in a bookshop, while Coburn (as scampish Grandpa Hugo) and Allyn Joslyn (as Henry's strait-laced cousin Albert) round out a fabulous supporting cast. Delicate, charming, and almost effortlessly moving, don't wait for this "Heaven."