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Down to Earth1947

Down to Earth (1947)




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A semi-sequel to Here Comes Mr. Jordan, Columbia's Down to Earth is a camp- and kitsch-lover's delight. More beautiful than ever, Rita Hayworth stars as Terpsichore, the Goddess of Dance. From her perch Up Above, Terpsichore discovers that Broadway producer Danny Miller (Larry Parks) intends to put together a musical satire, lampooning herself and her fellow Greek Gods. Eliciting the aid of Heavenly emissary Mr. Jordan (Roland Culver, taking over from the earlier film's Claude Rains), Terpsichore descends to Earth in human form, landing a role in Miller's play. Through her bewitching influence, Miller agrees to abandon his plans for a satire, transforming his production into a portentiously serious "work of art"-which lays a large and noxious egg with the opening-night crowd. Somehow, our ethereal heroine manages to set things right, but there's still one nagging problem: Will she, a goddess, ever be permitted to fall in love with a mere mortal like Miller? Repeating their Here Comes Mr. Jordan roles, James Gleason and Edward Everett Horton appear respectively as the eternally flustered Max Corkle (formerly a fight promoter, now a theatrical agent) and the pompous, rule-bound Heavenly messenger #7013. Silly but immensely entertaining, Down to Earth was remade as the sillier but decidedly less entertaining Xanadu in 1980.

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Rita Hayworth
as Terpsichore / Kitty Pendleton
Larry Parks
as Danny Miller
Roland Culver
as Mr. Jordan
James Gleason
as Max Corkle
Edward Everett Horton
as Messenger 7013
Adele Jergens
as Georgia Evans
George Macready
as Joe Mannion
William Frawley
as Police Lieutenant
Fred F. Sears
as Orchestra Leader
Lucien Littlefield
as Escort 3082
Rudolph Cameron
as Stage Manager
Arthur Blake
as Mr. Somerset
Wilbur Mack
as Unnumbered Messenger
Cora Witherspoon
as Woman on Street
Kay Vallon
as Rosebud
Jean Del Val
as Croupier
Billy Bletcher
as Conductor
Raoul Freeman
as Policeman
Bob Ryan
as Policeman
Matty Fain
as Henchman
Frank Darien
as Janitor
Jack Norton
as Sleeping Man
Al Bridge
as Police Sergeant
Tom Hanlon
as Announcer
Mary Forbes
as Dowager
Eddie Acuff
as Stagehand
Alan Bridge
as Police Sergeant
Tom Daly
as Reporter
Dorothy Hart
as The New Terpsichore (as Dorothy Brady)
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Critic Reviews for Down to Earth

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (1)

The film may annoy those who do not thoroughly enjoy "swinging" everything in sight.

March 2, 2018 | Full Review…

A silly story with lavish Technicolor extravaganza contrives to make a fairly entertaining musical.

October 20, 2020 | Full Review…

It stars Rita Hayworth, looking as good as she's ever looked.

April 11, 2007 | Rating: C | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Down to Earth

A semi-sequel to Here Comes Mr. Jordan, but it's a musical comedy. The movie is funny and has some good songs too. Xanadu is a sort of remake of this movie as well. This movie is better, of course.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer


Mediocre musical wherein Rita is gorgeous but the music is exceptionally ordinary and leading man Larry Parks lacks star quality. A sequel to the far superior Here Comes Mr. Jordan with James Gleason repeating his role from that film, he's one of this film's bright spots.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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