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The Amazing Mr. Williams (1939)

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Kenny Williams, a lieutenant on the homicide squad, is engaged to Maxine Carroll, the Mayor's secretary. Or isn't he rather married with his job? For each time he has a date with his ... See full summary »

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Cast

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Police Lieutenant Kenny Williams
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Maxine Carroll
Clarence Kolb ...
Police Captain McGovern
Ruth Donnelly ...
Effie Perkins
Edward Brophy ...
Buck Moseby (as Edward S. Brophy)
Donald MacBride ...
Police Lieutenant Bixler
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Detective Deever
Jonathan Hale ...
Mayor
John Wray ...
Stanley
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Kenny Williams, a lieutenant on the homicide squad, is engaged to Maxine Carroll, the Mayor's secretary. Or isn't he rather married with his job? For each time he has a date with his longtime fiancée, he is prevented from keeping it by his devotion to duty. Maxine, in desperation, decides to take action and bring Kenny to the altar. Who will win, Maxine's curves or the glorious fight against crime? Written by Guy Bellinger

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23 November 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Incredible Mr. Williams  »

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Lieutenant Kenny Williams: At least we had some chicken soup together. They'll never be able to take that away from us!
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One, Two, Button Your Shoe
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Music by Arthur Johnston
Lyrics by Johnny Burke
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Overlooked screwball comedy
5 January 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Melvyn Douglas once more gives a polished performance in which, this time, he inhabits the role of a detective who can't place love before duty and adventure, and the warmly beautiful Joan Blondell (who, far from being illiterate, as one reviewer suggested, wrote a novel about her early life) is as enjoyable as ever as his ever-suffering sweetheart.It's almost a screwball comedy, almost a Thin Man-type movie, almost a series, I guess, that didn't quite make it to a sequel. It doesn't quite reach classic status, but it has all the ingredients for a fun 85 minutes with an episodic but pacey script, fine character actors, and direction that keeps it all moving fast enough so that you nearly don't notice that Williams (Douglas) isn't exactly Columbo when it comes to detecting. I wish there were more films like this.


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