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Heading for Heaven


Stu Erwin is convinced he will die soon so crooks can buy his property. With Glenda Farrell. You can find more information regarding this film on its IMDb page.

Heading for Heaven is a 1947 American film directed by Lewis D. Collins based on the 1929 play For the Sake of the Family by Daniel Brown (playwright). Made by Pathe Industries for release by Producers Releasing Corporation, the film was later picked up for distribution by Eagle-Lion Films after PRC's demise. It was one of several films of the time depicting fraudulent spiritualism such as Nightmare Alley (film), The Spiritualist and London Belongs to Me.


Henry Elkins has been left a large parcel of land by his father and grandfather in what is now the eastern part of the city of Elkinsville. Having been told never to sell the property by his ancestors, Henry has used several lucrative offers wanting to purchase the land for a cemetery, incinerator or the city dump in favour of wishing to develop a housing estate.
Living with a gullible wife who passionately believes in a fraudulent swami who conducts seances, a snappy housekeeper, a lazy brother in law, a daughter and a cat who all give him problems, Henry dreams the land will someday bring him both great fortune and self respect.
Henry's life changes when he overhears information about one of his Doctor's patients who is terminally ill that he thinks is his own diagnosis when he goes for a physical for an insurance policy. He agrees to sell his land to an airline wishing to build an airport giving his wife and family the money as a legacy but several people in Elkinsville attempt to give Henry fraudulent information to lower his price or intend to acquire it for themselves. One of them uses the swami to convince Henry to sell the land to them who will then sell it to the airlines for a profit for themselves.
Surrounded by problems Henry goes to a peaceful lake to meditate. He falls asleep where nightmares wake him up causing him to fall in the water. As he is drying his clothes they also fall in the water and float away leading policemen who find his clothes containing a note to his wife that Henry has taken his own life. Henry's return to his home is delayed when he has to steal the clothes of a scarecrow leading him to a pair of hoboes who befriend him and get him drunk. He returns in time to find a real representative from the airline making Henry a direct substantial offer for his property that will include a housing estate, but first Henry decides to teach the swindlers and his gullible family a lesson by crashing a seance they have planned.


  • Stuart Erwin as Henry Elkins
  • Glenda Farrell as Nora Elkins
  • Russ Vincent as Swami
  • Irene Ryan as Molly the Maid
  • Milburn Stone as Elwood Harding
  • George O'Hanlon as Alvin Ponacress
  • Janis Wilson as Janie Elkins
  • Ralph Hodges (actor) as Danny Wingate
  • Dick Elliott as Roger Wingate
  • Charles Williams (actor) as Eddie Williams
  • Selmer Jackson as Doctor
  • Harry Tyler (actor) as Professor
  • Ben Welden as Sam
  • Betty West as Lulu
  • Jack Del Rio as William W. Hunter


(on seeing what she believes is her father's ghost)It's just like television! Only clearer!- Janie Elkins

Category:1947 films
Category:American films
Category:English-language films
Category:Black-and-white films
Category:1940s comedy films
Category:Producers Releasing Corporation films
Category:Films based on plays
Category:Films directed by Lewis D. Collins
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