Movies get remade because the big studios are scared of new ideas and will do anything to cash in on familiar properties. Movies get remade because technological advances mean they can remake a movie bigger, louder and dumber than ever. Movies rarely get remade for the one reason that they should be remade; Ie. The Original wasted a great idea. Well, as rare as they are, I found one with Here Comes Mr Jordan.
In the beautiful countryside, two men try to beat each other’s brains out as Joe Pendelton (Robert Montgomery) trains to become the next heavy weight champ. When his coach tells him they’re heading to New York for the final stages of preparation for the big fight, Joe decides to fly his own small plane, instead of catching the train with everyone else. His coach objects, but with his lucky saxophone in hand, Joe is sure nothing can go wrong. But once in the air, something goes wrong and Joe’s plane plummets to the earth. Cut to Joe in heaven, where he learns that he wasn’t actually supposed to die in the crash. Instead, an over eager angel took his soul before the impact to save him some pain. Now, it’s up to heaven administrator Mr Jordan (Claud Rains) to finds a new body for Joe to inhabit. (more…)