Heaven Can Wait
is a 1943 American comedy film produced and directed by Ernst Lubitsch
and starring Gene Tierney
and Don Ameche. The screenplay was written by Samson Raphaelson, based on the play Birthday
by Leslie Bush-Fekete. The film was nominated for three Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Director and Best Cinematography - Color.
The film follows Henry van Cleve (Ameche), a man hoping to prove he deserves a place in hell by recounting his life story to the Devil at the reception of hell. Henry talks of his life, in which he was the spoiled only child of an upper class family. For much of his youth, including childhood, he spent his time chasing various women. The day before his 26th birthday, he meets and falls in love with the beautiful Martha Strabels (Tierney). Though she is engaged to his obnoxious cousin, Henry is able persuade her to elope with him. The rest of their marriage chronicles both and happiness and difficulty they face in staying together.
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