Here Comes Mr. Jordan Blu-ray
The Criterion Collection
Criterion | 1941 | 94 min | Not rated | Jun 14, 2016
50GB Blu-ray Disc
Single disc (1 BD)
Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941) Blu-ray
Boxer Joe Pendleton, flying to his next fight, crashes...because a Heavenly Messenger, new on the job, snatched Joe's spirit prematurely from his body. Before the matter can be rectified, Joe's body is cremated; so the celestial Mr. Jordan grants him the use of the body of wealthy Bruce Farnsworth, who's just been murdered by his wife. Joe tries to remake Farnsworth's unworthy life in his own clean-cut image, but then falls in love; and what about that murderous wife?
Director: Alexander Hall
Writers: Sidney Buchman, Seton I. Miller
Starring: Robert Montgomery, Evelyn Keyes, Claude Rains, Rita Johnson, Edward Everett Horton, James Gleason
Here Comes Mr. Jordan
A sophisticated supernatural Hollywood comedy whose influence continues to be felt, Here Comes Mr. Jordan stars the eminently versatile Robert Montgomery as a working-class boxer and amateur aviator whose plane crashes in a freak accident. He finds himself in heaven but is told, by a wry angel named Mr. Jordan (Claude Rains), that his death was a clerical error, and that he can return to earth by entering the body of a corrupt (and about-to-be-murdered) banker—whose soul could use a transplant. Having inspired a sequel with Rita Hayworth and two remakes (the first starring Warren Beatty and the second Chris Rock), Alexander Hall's effervescent Here Comes Mr. Jordan is comic perfection.
New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
New conversation between critic Michael Sragow and independent filmmaker Michael Schlesinger
Audio interview from 1991 in which actor Elizabeth Montgomery discusses her father, actor Robert Montgomery
Lux Radio Theatre adaptation of Here Comes Mr. Jordan from 1942 starring Cary Grant, Claude Rains, Evelyn Keyes, and James Gleason
PLUS: An essay by critic Farran Smith Nehme
STREET DATE: JUNE 14.