Saturday, December 20, 2008

Best Picture Nominees: Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941)

A rather forced, supposedly magical entry from 1941, this film suffers from a contrived storyline that might have satisfied early WWII audiences, but does not hold up today.
Boxer Joe Pendleton dies, is sent back to earth to take over the body of a misogynist millionaire, who then is killed as well, then settles into a body of another boxer. Along the way, he manages to convince a girl who fell in love with a millionaire, to fall for the 2nd boxer, as both people are really Joe Pendleton (confusing, eh?)
It is hard to understand how Mr. Jordan won two Oscars for writing, considering this plot. The best thing in the film is Claude rains as benevolent Mr. Jordan, an angel-like figure who helps Joe Pendleton on the journey through two bodies.
So far, this film ranks 7th and lowest among the 1941 BP nominees, even behind Suspicion, for which I don't care very much.

1941 rankings so far: Citizen Kane, The Maltese Falcon, How Green Was My Valley, The Little Foxes, Sergeant York, Suspicion, Here Comes Mr. Jordan.

Still to watch: Blossoms in the Dust, Hold Back the Dawn, One Foot in Heaven

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Well... that's quiet interessting but to be honest i have a hard time understanding it... wonder how others think about this..