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"HEAVEN ONLY KNOWS" (1947)


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Anyone know if this Western has ever been shown on TCM before? It sounds very interesting. I'll definitely be recording it tonight.

 

*Heaven Only Knows* (1947) 10pm ET

An angel lands in the wild West to save a gambler's soul.

Cast: Robert Cummings, Brian Donlevy, Marjorie Reynolds, Bill Goodwin Dir: Albert S. Rogell BW-98 mins, TV-G

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I haven't seen the film at all since 1963. The ending bugged me, as did the similar one for ON BORROWED TIME. I wish that Gerald Mohr had mohr :) to do, the bit with the matches was a nice touch but the film needed a better confrontation between he and Cummings.

 

Claude Rains, Henry Travers, Jack Benny, Cary Grant, Robert Cummings - there sure were a lot of angels back in 40s films.

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I knew I had seen it before,many many moons ago. Bit the title didn't sound familiar and it wasn't until Robert O. said it was also known as "Montana Mike" then I realized that was the title I saw it under.Peter Miles, the little kid in the film was the brother of Gigi Perreau, she did a number of films in the 40's and 50's.....

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Sometimes you eagerily anticipate a film because of the cast or whatever. But the end result comes up short. That sums up my review of this film. I like Robert Cummings and Brian Donlevy. I think Donlevy was a very underutilized actor, given a good role he could do the job.

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Thank you all very much for your comments. :)

 

This is an oddball movie, imho - kind of like Destry Meets the Bishop's Wife. I've to confess, I rather enjoyed it in spite of its little flaws.

 

(Boy, even for a 40s movie, this is pretty darn corny!) :D

 

The stuff with the boy at the end did catch me a bit by surprise, because I don't think they'd built up to it too much, just a mention or two about the boy being sick or something.

 

But it still had its moments, like the near-hanging, and I rather enjoy watching Donlevy playing the bad guy who turns out to be a good guy after all - and he even gets the girl.

 

All the same, I can only assume this was never meant to be more than a B-movie.

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