Down to Earth

Yarn is one of those tricky ideas that look so much better on paper than celluloid. It picks up the characters from Harry Segall's play, Heaven Can Wait, filmed by Columbia in 1941 as the tremendously successful Here Comes Mr Jordan, and puts them down in a new setting.

With:
Rita Hayworth Larry Parks Roland Culver James Gleason Edward Everett Horton Marc Platt

Yarn is one of those tricky ideas that look so much better on paper than celluloid. It picks up the characters from Harry Segall’s play, Heaven Can Wait, filmed by Columbia in 1941 as the tremendously successful Here Comes Mr Jordan, and puts them down in a new setting.

Producer Don Hartman has carried out his cute idea to the extent of using some of the same cast as Jordan. James Gleason is back as an agent and Edward Everett Horton is seen once again as the messenger who accompanies the spirit down to earth. Roland Culver subs for Claude Rains in the Jordan role, the guy who runs Heaven.

Rita Hayworth is pictured as Terpsichore, the Greek muse of the theatre. Looking down from Heaven she’s unhappy over a Broadway musical about the nine muses, being done in jazz by producer Larry Parks. She makes a request to go down and help him so she can clean the show up. She lands in the star role and there’s the usual falling-in-love with the vis-a-vis – in this case Parks.

Explanation necessary to get all this across takes interminable time and constantly slows even the angels to a lazy walk. Making things worse is the fact that all the gags which should give the yarn a bit of pepper fall flat.

Definitely on the credit side are the five tunes provided by Allan Roberts and Doris Fisher. Parks sings one tune. It’s definitely a letdown. Hayworth does better in the vocal department and, of course is fine in the terp routines [staged by Jack Cole].

Down to Earth

Production: Columbia. Director Alexander Hall; Producer Don Hartman; Screenplay Don Hartman, Edwin Blum; Camera Rudolph Mate; Editor Viola Lawrence; Music George Duning, Heinz Roemheld, Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco; Art Director Stephen Goosson, Rudolph Sternad

Crew: (Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1947. Running time: 100 MIN.

With: Rita Hayworth Larry Parks Roland Culver James Gleason Edward Everett Horton Marc Platt

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