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The Amazing Mr. Williams (1939)

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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Police Captain McGovern
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Buck Moseby (as Edward S. Brophy)
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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)  »

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Trivia

Made it's New York TV debut 5 October 1956 on WCBS (Channel 2). See more »

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When Kenny and the Captain are walking out of the hotel together, a moving shadow of the camera falls across a column in the foreground. See more »

Quotes

Police Lieutenant Bixler: The woman was lying, sprawled out on a rug near the fireplace.
Lieutenant Kenny Williams: "The woman was lying, sprawled out on a rug" - what are you doing Victor, writing your memoirs?
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Connections

References Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) See more »

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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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Comedy from a golden year
10 January 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

What was there about 1939 that helped produce so many excellent Hollywood films? Well, whatever it was, the magic may also be found in this Columbia picture. It's a long forgotten screwball comedy that Turner Classic Movies has begun to show. (Maltin's movie book does not contain it.) In nearly every department, Amazing Mr. Williams is a jewel.

It's the story of a first-rate police detective who can never find the time to marry his intended. As the wedding bells are about to ring, he gets called to the scene of a murder. The lady in question has to learn the hard way not only to enjoy the pursuit of criminals but to belong to the police force. There are a lot of laughs in the process.

Melvyn Douglas proved again that he had few peers in light comedy. Joan Blondell was at the peak of her career and is a delight. Edward Brophy and Donald McBride are hilarious.

The film goes on a bit too long, but who cares? The screwball comedies are always able to entertain, and this film belongs right in there with the best.


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