Here Comes Mr. Jordan

Here Comes Mr. Jordan ★★★★

A boxer who dies before his time is given a second chance in the body of a murdered millionaire.

Not sure why this was considered a comedy. Outside of the shock on the faces of the murderers when the millionaire they just killed walks down the stairs like nothing ever happened, there isn’t a good laugh to be found.

James Gleason, I believe, was supposed to provide a lot of the comedy during scenes where he is trying to talk to Mr. Jordan, but I found them to be insanely annoying. Thank goodness, there are only 2 or 3 segments like this, which leave plenty of room for forgiveness against the rest of the film.

I liked that the main character is a boxer because it feels like a special type of mind or spirit that would have trouble adjusting to anything but boxing and the film does a great job of showing that challenge. I also liked how well thought out and practical the writing is…the things the main character says are things the audience is thinking, like when the main character asks what his voice will sound like or how will he be able to continue his boxing career in the body of the millionaire.

This was my first Robert Montgomery movie, but it felt like he was born for this role. I felt like I was watching the real Robert Montgomery here, not the actor. I have since seen him in other films, which have only confirmed my astonishment with how natural he looks and feels in this movie. Claude Rains does a nice job as well and even surprised me a few times with his accommodating attitude towards some of the things Montgomery asks for, but by the end it’s apparent that he is that way because of the film’s primary message…that things have a way of working themselves out.