90 Days of Oscar Nominees #9 – Heaven Can Wait (1943)


In my attempt to have a more prolific repertoire of Oscar Nominated Films, I have taken it upon myself to watch 90 new Best Picture Nominees that I’ve never seen before between 5 Dec 2017 and The 90th Annual Oscars on 4 Mar 2018.

Here is my 9th review of the 90 chosen Films…

“Sometimes it looks as if the whole world is coming to Hell. ” – His Excellency

Number of Times Seen – 1 (10 Dec 2017)

Brief Synopsis – After his death a man meets the Devil in order to convince him of the reasons why he should spend eternity in Hell.

My Take on it –I had never heard of this film beforehand and watched it without knowing anything about it.

Tיe idea works really well and not knowing what will happen or what to expect makes it really enjoyable to watch.

Don Ameche, Gene Tierney and Charles Coburn are all great here and stand out in theןr roles.

It was actually great watching Ameche’s character age in the film since I am more familiar with him as an older actor and they were able to predict quite well how he would look later in life.

The characters and story are very interesting to watch and we get to learn so much about their lives and see some very poignant episodes during their lives.

Ameche was a great leading man and this is probably one of his best roles IMHO.

My one quip about this film is that it felt too short to depict the events of a near 80 year time span.

I would have been quite happy to spend more time with these characters and either have the episodes depicted expanded or give us even more stories of events in their lives.

I was really happy to see that this film was chosen as one of the Best Picture nominees that year.

Bottom Line –  Great idea that works really well. The characters and story are so enjoyable to watch as we slowly learn about their lives and everything that happens to them over the course of the near 80 years depicted. Ameche is great in the title role and it’s interesting seeing his character age since I’m more familiar with him as an older actor.  I could have spent so much more time with these characters and I would have enjoyed having them expand some of the various vignettes depicted or even show us more events of his life because it was so enjoyable to take in. Nice to see this film among the Best Picture nominees of that year. Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The lead was written with Fredric March or Rex Harrison in mind. Ernst Lubitsch was most disappointed when 20th Century Fox boss Darryl F. Zanuck insisted on casting Don Ameche for commercial reasons. Lubitsch later recanted his opposition to Ameche, won over by the actor’s dedication and professionalism.  (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy

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