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It's a Wonderful World (1939)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Crime, Mystery | 19 May 1939 (USA)
When a tycoon is accused of murder, the private eye tracking him finds himself roped in as an accessory and attempts to evade police, kidnapping a poetess along the way.

Director:

W.S. Van Dyke (as W.S. Van Dyke II)

Writers:

Ben Hecht (screen play), Ben Hecht (based on an original story by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Claudette Colbert ... Edwina Corday
James Stewart ... Guy Johnson
Guy Kibbee ... Fred 'Cap' Streeter
Nat Pendleton ... Sergeant Fred Koretz
Frances Drake ... Vivian Tarbel
Edgar Kennedy ... Police Lieutenant Miller
Ernest Truex ... Willie Heyward
Richard Carle ... Major I.E. Willoughby
Cecilia Callejo ... Dolores Gonzales
Sidney Blackmer ... Al Mallon
Andy Clyde ... 'Gimpy'
Cliff Clark ... Police Captain Haggerty
Cecil Cunningham ... Madame J.L. Chambers
Leonard Kibrick ... Herman Plotka
Hans Conried ... Delmonico - Stage Manager
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Storyline

Detective Guy Johnson's client, Willie Heywood is framed for murder and while Guy hides him so he can catch the real killer, both of them are nabbed by the police, tried, convicted and sentenced to jail -- Guy for a year, Willie to be executed. On the way to jail Guy comes across a clue and escapes from the police... Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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Claudette Colbert James Stewart in a Wonderful Picture See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 May 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

't Is een wonderlijke wereld See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Claudette Colbert's first picture for MGM. See more »

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At 12:22 in the film when Pendleton's cop puts the cuffs on Stewart's wrists the "click" sounds are notable behind the action on screen. See more »

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Guy Johnson: Come on, floozy, I haven't met a dame yet who wasn't a nitwit and a lunkhead.
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Jimmy Stewart does Screwball Comedy
11 January 2007 | by mkilmerSee all my reviews

Was IT'S A WONDERFUL WORLD hurt by the fact that it is difficult for me to imagine Jimmy Stewart as a hardball character, even a chauvinist, or was it helped by the fact that this movie would have been nothing without him? Granted, Claudette Colbert plays the poet, the hopelessly romantic dreamer, well, and that plays off Stewart's greed-driven detective splendidly.

The detective, crime-solving part of the film is well done within its confines, Edgar Kennedy and Nat Pendleton are cast well as the rather slow-witted police. If this 1939 film had been made two and a half decades earlier, they would have fallen over each other, broken things, and caused ultraviolence in a Mack Sennett sort of way.) Guy Kibbee is, of course, perfect as the Stewart's partner. I will not spoil the ending, but I can say that as with all well-written screwball comedies, the film has a delightful way of meandering through situations and reaching a conclusion which satisfies.

I don't know if this will help, but before viewing, I had to promise my wife that it was not that Christmas movie.


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