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It's a Wonderful World (1939)

Passed  -  Crime | Comedy | Romance  -  19 May 1939 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Edwina Corday
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Guy Johnson
Guy Kibbee ...
'Cap' Streeter
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Sergeant Koretz
Frances Drake ...
Vivian Tarbel
Edgar Kennedy ...
Lieutenant Miller
Ernest Truex ...
Willie Heyward
Richard Carle ...
Major Willoughby
Cecilia Callejo ...
Dolores Gonzales
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Al Mallon
Andy Clyde ...
'Gimpy'
Cliff Clark ...
Captain Haggerty
Cecil Cunningham ...
Madame Chambers
Leonard Kibrick ...
Herman Plotka
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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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Taglines:

THE HAPPENINGS OF ONE WONDERFUL NIGHT! (original ad - all caps)

Genres:

Crime | Comedy | Romance

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Passed | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

19 May 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

't Is een wonderlijke wereld  »

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(Western Electric Sound System) (5.0) (L-R)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Many easily recognized cast members who are supposed to be in this film (according to studio records) are not seen in the print. These are Jack Norton, Eddie Acuff, Lester Dorr, Dorothy Ates, Nell Craig, Carl Stockdale, Bess Flowers and David Newell. See more »

Goofs

All of the newspapers shown in the film share many of the same articles, with the same headlines and typefaces, despite being in different newspapers and spread across several weeks. See more »

Quotes

Guy Johnson: You sort of changed my whole philosophy about women. I don't know... I always figured they kind of ended at the neck. You sort of begin there.
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Jimmy Stewart does Screwball Comedy
11 January 2007 | by (United States) – See 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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