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UNHERALDED GEM FROM THE OLD HOLLYWOOD
- Movie Fan 1262
You probably never heard of it, but this little gem of a movie from the Hollywood vaults of 1940, just a year before America was sucked into the cauldron of the Second World War . . . before we lost our innocence . . . is the kind of totally forgotten, unheralded classic that will cause you to say, "They just don't make movies like this anymore." You're right. They don't.Sentimental? Lordy yes!!! Will some modern-day cynics say it's a little bit corny? Probably. But if you have a sentimental bone left in your body, this little gem will grab you by the seat of your pants and have you going through your second handkerchief by the time the main characters walk off into the sunset --quite literally.Don't expect realism. It's pure magical fantasy as only the Old Hollywood could do it, on a level with "It's a Wonderful Life" and "On Borrowed Time," complete with angels trying to save humans from themselves . . . complete with that great old character actor, Charles Winninger, playing what might be described as his own version of Clarence the angel recycled from "It's a Wonderful Life."You don't have to be a religious person for this movie to grab you by the seat of your pants. I'm a total atheist -- but it had me tearing up by the last reel. It's a really great Christmas movie . . . but it works anytime of the year.
Small and moving story
- el debbo
I agree with another reviewer: it won't be everyone's cup of tea, and it IS unusual for a Hollywood movie. It is the story of the deceased watching over us. You know they do, don't you?
Sentimental, Yet Effective(1940)
Three older men use the "lost" wallet routine in an attempt to find an honest person, but end up playing cupid instead. James Houston(Richard Carlson) and Jean Lawrence(Jean Parker) met and love ensues. Unfortunately the three men are killed in a plane crash and return to help the young couple overcome obstacles that threaten their relationship. C.Aubrey Smith, Harry Carey and Charles Winninger are just terrific as the philantrhopic trio. Some very excellent segments really deliver a powerful message of Love and Spiritual Hope. Highly recommended ! 4.5 stars out of 5. You might shed a tear or two....
- LAURA ADAMS
THE BEST EVER!!! THIS IS THE VERY REASON I DON'T WATCH UP -TO-DATE MOVIES. WHEN YOU HAVE ACCESS TO SUCH WONDERFUL MOVIES AS THIS, WHY WATCH ANYTHING BUT TCM.I HAD EVERY EMOTION POSSIBLE WATCHING THIS MOVIE. THE CAST WAS SPECTACULAR. COULD NOT HAVE DONE BETTER IF WRITTEN FOR EACH ACTOR INDIVIDUALLY. OMG!!! I LOVE THESE CLASSIC MOVIES.
Wonderfully spiritual movie
- David Erhardt
This is one of the most wonderful and unusual movies ever produced by Hollywood. Three elderly men make friends of a lonely young man and woman who fall in love and become engaged. The three men die drastically in a plane crash, but become spiritual guides for this young couple as ghosts. The young man becomes a success as a singer, and soon lets success get to his head and ignores the girl he was going to marry. The young man gets shot and dies. The elderly ghost asks God to give the young man a second chance to live, to make amends with his true love, which God grants. As you can tell, this is not a typical Hollywood movie. It deals with heaven, hell, and purgatory without mentioning the words. It's a very entertaining, sometimes humorous, and moving movie. The acting is fine, with Charles Winninger, C Aubrey Smith, and Harry Carey as the elderly ghosts. This movie isn't for everybody, but this movie has a deep spiritual meaning that will touch many.