Genre Guesstimation – Heaven Only Knows (1947)

The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s genre has been chosen by Kristen of KN Winiarski Writes and we will be reviewing our favorite Classic Fantasy films (thru the 1970’s).

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of Nov by sending them to

Try to think out of the box! Great choice Kristen!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of Classic Fantasy films (thru the 1970’s)……

“No man ever makes his own fate.” – Mike

Number of Times Seen – 1 (17 Nov 2020)

Brief Synopsis – A guardian angel is sent to Earth to help a saloon owner find a more righteous path in life.

My Take on it – Here is yet another film that I came across by accident during my quest to find films to watch in this genre.

The idea of blending together a Western with fantastical characters like angels is quite innovative and they manage to make it work here.

The story itself is presented in a fun and carefree way which helps things immensely.

The film’s main character of Michael the angel is played really well by Cummings who makes us easily believe his characters intentions of being as helpful as possible as a guardian angel from the gruff saloon owner Duke Byron.

The way that the character tries to help Duke find redemption in his life is done in an enjoyable and clever manner as he tries to get him together with his intended love a young and sweet school teacher.

The way that they present the fantastical aspects of the film enhances the story even more especially in scene like the one where angels debate the very merits of those on Earth.

The problem here is that none of the characters are developed well enough and they all seem like caricatures as things move along.

Bottom Line – Such a fun film that works quite well. The main character of Michael played by Cummings is an enjoyable guardian angel that does all he can to help saloon owner Duke Byron try and find redemption in life and settle down with a sweet school teacher as he was suppose to. The film does a nice job blending together the Western atmosphere with a fantasy one that includes angels who debate over Earthy merits.  The characters are a bit too stereotypical and the fail to develop any of them on a deeper level which takes away from things slightly.  Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – John Litel, who played Rev. Wainright, would later play Robert Cummings’ Mr. Thackery on the Cummings’ TV sitcom My Hero (1952). (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Comes quite close. The characters are great and the film has a very poignant message, but something sis missing that would help make it excellent.

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)


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One thought on “Genre Guesstimation – Heaven Only Knows (1947)

  1. Pingback: Genre Grandeur November Finale – The Mermaids of 1948 – KN Winiarski Writes | MovieRob

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