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For Heaven's Sake (1950)

aka For Heaven's Sake

"That Belvedere man is back in his newest comedy hit..."

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Details: 92 mins · English


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Small Charles / Slim Charles
Small Lydia Bolton
Small Jeff Bolton
Small Arthur
Small Daphne Peters
Small Item
Small Tony Clark
No_movie_poster Tex Henry
Small Joe Blake


No_movie_poster Lloyd Ahern Director of Photography
Small George Seaton Director
No_movie_poster William Perlberg Producer
No_movie_poster Harry Segall Theatre Play
No_movie_poster Dorothy Segall Theatre Play
No_movie_poster Robert Simpson Editor
No_movie_poster Alfred Newman Original Music Composer
Small George Seaton Writer
No_movie_poster Harry Segall Story Contributor
No_movie_poster Dorothy Segall Story Contributor


"That Belvedere man is back in his newest comedy hit..."


Angels Charles (Clifton Webb) and Arthur (Edmund Gwenn) try to convince a young cherub named Item (Gigi Perreau) to stop waiting to be born to Lydia (Joan Bennett) and Jeff Bolton (Robert Cummings). They are too busy acting in and directing plays respectively to start a family. They are also drifting apart, as Lydia wants to have a child, but Jeff convinces her to put their careers first.

When Item proves adamant, Charles decides (after seeing Gary Cooper in The Westerner) to help matters along by taking human form as "Slim" Charles, a supposedly rich Montanan, and bumping into the Boltons at the racetrack. Jeff sees a potential financial backer (an "angel" in theatrical slang) for his next play. He gets his playwright, Daphne Peters (Joan Blondell), to try to convince Charles to invest in the production. Since Charles actually doesn't have any money, this proves awkward. However, Jeff's usual backer, Tex Henry (Harry von Zell), shows up. Tex and Charles draw cards to see who will get to put up the money; Tex also makes a side bet of $10,000. Fortunately for Charles, Tex wins.

All this starts to corrupt Charles. He begins to enjoy human vices. When Daphne's former actor boyfriend, Tony Clark (Jack La Rue), shows up to reclaim his uninterested girlfriend, Charles punches him. Charles also starts drinking and playing modern music (on his harp), much to Arthur's disapproval.

Still, Charles has not completely forgotten his mission. He arranges a lavish party to celebrate the Boltons' eighth anniversary, but that does not work as planned. The Boltons decide to break up, and Charles is taken to the mental hospital when he admits that he is an angel. Luckily, when Lydia develops a sudden craving for peanuts, when she could never before even stand the smell of them, Jeff realizes that she is pregnant (with Item), and they reconcile.