Heading for Heaven
Movie poster
Directed byLewis D. Collins
Written byLewis D. Collins
Oscar Mugge
Produced byGeorge Moskov
Jack Schwarz
StarringStuart Erwin
Glenda Farrell
Russ Vincent
Irene Ryan
CinematographyGeorge Robinson
Edited byMartin G. Cohn
Music byHal Borne
Distributed byProducers Releasing Corporation
Release date
  • December 6, 1947 (1947-12-06)
Running time
65 minutes
CountryUnited States

Heading for Heaven is a 1947 American drama film starring Stuart Erwin and Glenda Farrell.[1][2][3] The film was directed by Lewis D. Collins and is based on the 1929 play For the Sake of the Family by Charles Webb and Daniel Brown.[4] Made by Pathe Industries for release by the 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 (1947), The Spiritualist (1948) and London Belongs to Me (1948).


Henry Elkins (Stu Erwin) 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 refused 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.

Henry lives with his wife Nora Elkins (Glenda Farrell) who passionately believes in a fraudulent Swami who conducts seances, a snappy housekeeper (Irene Ryan), a lazy brother in law (George O'Hanlon), 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.


Home media

Heading for Heaven was released on DVD on February 22, 2005.


  1. ^ "Heading for Heaven (1947)". British Film Institute. Retrieved March 9, 2016.
  2. ^ "Heading for Heaven". All Movie. Retrieved March 9, 2016.
  3. ^ "Heading for Heaven". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved March 9, 2016.
  4. ^ "Heading for Heaven". American Film Institute: Catalog of Feature Films. Retrieved March 9, 2016.