HEAVEN CAN WAIT
Heaven Can Wait is based on a play entitled Birthdays (1934) by Hungarian Laszlo Bus-Fekete. One can see that the play has it over the film each act of the play is set around one of the characters titular birthdays. In the film, without the dramatic effect of having a curtain come down to physically close each scene, the basic concept is lost and is even further diluted by the films meaningless title change.
The title Heaven Can Wait has caused some confusion with other films. Heaven Can Wait (1938) was also the name of a popular play that was filmed under the title Here Comes Mr Jordan (1941). Several years later, Here Comes Mr Jordan was remade but this time under its own title as Heaven Can Wait (1978) starring Warren Beatty. The two films, Heaven Can Wait 1943 and Heaven Can Wait 1978, are often thought to be remake and original but there is no relation between the two outside of the title.
Director Ernst Lubitsch was a German expatriate who was brought to Hollywood by Mary Pickford. Lubitsch became known for his drolly sophisticated romantic comedies, which included Trouble in Paradise (1932), The Merry Widow (1934), Angel (1937), Ninotchka (1939) and To Be or Not to Be (1942).
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