Heaven Can Wait is a sharp romantic comedy with the Ernst Lubitsch touch. When a dearly departed former playboy (Don Ameche) goes to Hell, he must convince the ruler of the realm of darkness that he has come to the right place. He recounts his life story, including his unfaithfulness to his beautiful wife (Gene Tierney), but as his life flashes in front of his eyes, he and the Devil find he was a terribly good father, a horribly loyal husband, and a hideously kindhearted soul.
Heaven Can Wait was also director Lubitsch’s only film to be shot entirely in color.
Academy Award Nominations: Best Color Cinematography; Best Picture; Best Director.
Cast: Don Ameche, Spring Byington, Louis Calhern, Charles Coburn, Allyn Joslyn, Marjorie Main, Eugene Pallette, Gene Tierney
Producer and Director: Ernst Lubitsch
Original Story: Lazlo Bus-Fekete
Director of Photography: Edward Cronjager
Editor: Dorothy Spencer
Composer: Alfred Newman
Screenwriter: Samson Raphaelson
Production Designer: James Basevi
Costume Designer: Rene Hubert
Set Designer: Thomas Little
USA / Twentieth Century Fox / 112 minutes / 1943