Heaven Only Knows

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"For an angel... this buckaroo is some guy! He's on a rootin' tootin' mission from above... looking for a lost soul!"
  • Approved
  • 1947
  • 1 hr 40 min
  • 6.6  (468)

Heaven Only Knows is a classic Western film that was released in 1947. Directed by Albert S. Rogell, the movie stars Robert Cummings, Brian Donlevy, and Marjorie Reynolds. The story revolves around a man named Mike Regan, played by Cummings. Mike is a notorious outlaw who is in search of redemption. He is given a chance to redeem himself when he is summoned by a mysterious being called "Mister. 781," who is actually a sort of angel named gringo. Mister. 781 gives Mike a mission to help people and do good deeds while on earth. Mike accepts the mission and he is sent back to earth.

On earth, Mike meets a town marshal, Edward Galt (Donlevy), who is on the hunt for him. But after working together to save a family from a gang of outlaws, Galt starts to believe that Mike may have changed. Mike also meets a young widow named Dora (Reynolds), whom he falls in love with. However, their relationship is complicated by the fact that Mike is an outlaw and Dora's late husband was a lawman.

As Mike continues his mission, he is faced with many challenges, including dealing with the law, outlaws, and his growing feelings for Dora. But through it all, he is determined to complete his mission and find redemption.

The film is a classic Western tale of redemption and the power of good deeds. It has all the elements of a great Western- shootouts, horseback chases, and memorable characters. The acting is top-notch, with Cummings giving a standout performance in his role as the troubled outlaw seeking redemption. Donlevy also delivers a strong performance as the conflicted lawman who begins to see the good in Mike.

The film is also notable for its portrayal of women. Unlike many Westerns of its time, Heaven Only Knows has strong female characters who are not mere damsels in distress. Reynolds gives a terrific performance as the brave and resilient Dora, who is determined to protect her family and stand up against the outlaws who threaten her town.

Overall, Heaven Only Knows is a classic Western film that stands the test of time. Its themes of redemption, good vs. evil, and the power of love are universal and resonate with audiences today. It is a must-see for fans of the genre and for anyone who loves a good old-fashioned Western adventure.

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    1 hr 40 min
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    6.6  (468)