MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 85,634 this week

It's a Small World (1935)

 -  Comedy | Romance  -  12 April 1935 (USA)
5.8
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.8/10 from 30 users  
Reviews: 2 user

Socialite Jane Dale and lawyer Bill Shevlin run into each other in an automobile accident. Clummerhorn is a small town judge, sheriff, etc. and decides to try them. She is trouble at first,... See full summary »

Director:

0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 191 titles
created 23 Dec 2011
 
a list of 527 titles
created 13 May 2012
 
a list of 75 titles
created 04 Jun 2013
 
list image
a list of 9998 titles
created 11 months ago
 
a list of 70 titles
created 6 months ago
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: It's a Small World (1935)

It's a Small World (1935) on IMDb 5.8/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of It's a Small World.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Jim Carter moves in on the McWade's carnival concession which shows scenes from Dante's "Inferno". He makes it a going concern, marrying Betty along the way. An inspector calls the ... See full summary »

Director: Harry Lachman
Stars: Spencer Tracy, Claire Trevor, Henry B. Walthall
Tortilla Flat (1942)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Danny, a poor northern Californian Mexican-American, inherits two houses from his grandfather and is quickly taken advantage of by his vagabond friends.

Director: Victor Fleming
Stars: Spencer Tracy, Hedy Lamarr, John Garfield
Riffraff (1936)
Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Fisherman Dutch marries cannery worker Hattie. He quits his poorly paid job to concentrate on getting better working conditions as union leader. Unfortunately, the union members disagree ... See full summary »

Director: J. Walter Ruben
Stars: Jean Harlow, Spencer Tracy, Una Merkel
Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Joe Lane kills another man in a fistfight after learning that the man has made improper advances towards his wife. Joe goes to prison for the murder. When Joe gets out of prison, he visits ... See full summary »

Director: Lloyd Bacon
Stars: Al Jolson, Davey Lee, Marian Nixon
Frisco Kid (1935)
Adventure | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

After a roustabout sailer avoids being shanghaied in 1852 San Francisco, his audacity helps him to arise to a position of power in the vice industry of the infamous Barbary Coast.

Director: Lloyd Bacon
Stars: James Cagney, Margaret Lindsay, Ricardo Cortez
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Karl is the workaholic adopted son while Stephan is the lazy one. They both go to Munich to study medicine and Karl is at the top of the class while Stephan is barely passing. When ... See full summary »

Directors: Michael Curtiz, Lloyd Bacon
Stars: Richard Barthelmess, Marian Marsh, Norman Foster
Certificate: Passed Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Georgi has attempted suicide in reaction to an earlier love affair. Now that Dr. Decker has married her he sets out to get her to love him. To make enough to give her what she wants he ... See full summary »

Directors: W.S. Van Dyke, Frank Borzage, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Spencer Tracy, Hedy Lamarr, Verree Teasdale
Man's Castle (1933)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Bill takes Trina into his depression camp cabin. Later, just as he finds showgirl LaRue who will support him, Trina becomes pregnant.

Director: Frank Borzage
Stars: Spencer Tracy, Loretta Young, Marjorie Rambeau
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A gold digger (Winnie Lightner) goes after money from her ex-husbands (Ole Olsen, Chic Johnson), swimsuit salesmen now married to twins.

Director: Lloyd Bacon
Stars: Winnie Lightner, Ole Olsen, Chic Johnson
So Long Letty (1929)
Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Uncle Claude comes to the Ardmore Beach Hotel to see Tommy and his wife. At the hotel, with his two granddaughters Ruth and Sally, Uncle Claude meets a wise talking employee named Letty ... See full summary »

Director: Lloyd Bacon
Stars: Charlotte Greenwood, Claude Gillingwater, Grant Withers
Big City (1937)
Certificate: Passed Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

To avoid a taxi war, city officials blame a gang bombing on driver Joe Benton's wife Anna and put her on a ship to deport her. The mayor is speaker at a boxers' banquet where Joe pleads for... See full summary »

Directors: Frank Borzage, George B. Seitz
Stars: Spencer Tracy, Luise Rainer, Charley Grapewin
Drama | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
Director: Wolfgang Staudte
Stars: Curd Jürgens, Hildegard Knef, Gert Fröbe
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
Bill Shevlin
Wendy Barrie ...
Jane Dale
Raymond Walburn ...
Julius Clummerhorn
Virginia Sale ...
Lizzie
Astrid Allwyn ...
Nancy Naylor
Irving Bacon ...
Cal
Charles Sellon ...
Cyclone
Dick Foran ...
Cop
Belle Daube ...
Mrs. Dale
Frank McGlynn Sr. ...
Snake Brown Jr.
Frank McGlynn Jr. ...
Snake Brown, Junior-Junior
William Gillis ...
Snake Brown, Sr.
Ed Brady ...
Buck Bogardus
Harold Minjir ...
Freddie Thompson
Edit

Storyline

Socialite Jane Dale and lawyer Bill Shevlin run into each other in an automobile accident. Clummerhorn is a small town judge, sheriff, etc. and decides to try them. She is trouble at first, but she and Bill warm to each other as the trial goes forth. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

based on novel | See All (1) »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

12 April 1935 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
This rare Spencer Tracy title is a poor man's IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT but fans will catch it if they can at CINESATION in Syracuse, NY this March, 2006!
3 February 2006 | by (Culpeper, VA USA) – See all my reviews

It's a Small World is a Fox clone of the previous year's It Happened One Night with the locale in Southern back country. It begins when spoiled socialite Jane Dale (Wendy Barrie) and abrasive lawyer Bill Shelvin (Spencer Tracy) "meet cute" in a small-town auto accident. Naturally, there is the expected flare-up of tempers and accusations of everything from just plain carelessness to murderous intent. The fiery Dale and equally fiery young attorney Shelvin are towed into the one-horse town by Julius B. Clummerhorn (Raymond Walburn). It turns out that Clummerhorn is the whole works: sheriff, judge, taxi driver, barber, game warden, hotel and garage owner and everything else that might be productive of a stray nickel. The judge/sheriff holds a trial to determine who is at fault and a host of town eccentrics including Dick Foran (motorcycle cop), Frank McGlynn Sr. & Jr. (as Snake Brown Junior and Snake Brown Junior-Junior, respectively) and especially Irving Bacon (Cal) all have their inning in contributing to the colorful proceedings. But not for nothing is Shelvin a lawyer bitten by love bug, and the manner in which he hornswoggles Clummerhorn is a gem of amusing trickery and gibberish. How this screwball comedy wraps up is like teaching an old dog a new trick. It's a Small World was Wendy Barrie's first American Film and the last picture that Tracy shot for Fox. Irving Bacon is my favorite character actor and according to the IMDb, he appeared in 444 films! Maybe not as many as Bess Flowers (672) or Tom London (549), but he's in a lot better scenes in more great films than any actor I have found, so enjoy this lean-underbelly-of-a-ham in a choice part!


3 of 3 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss It's a Small World (1935) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?