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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)

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Crime | Comedy | Romance

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19 May 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

't Is een wonderlijke wereld  »

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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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It's a Wonderful World
7 June 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"It's a Wonderful World" is an entertaining comedic delight starring the immortal James Stewart and the incredibly talented Claudette Colbert. James Stewart as usual plays a down to earth, no nonsense, practical man who also happens to be a private investigator. In the process of trying to clear a client of his who is accused of murder he is captured by the police, escapes from the police, kidnaps a poetess (Colbert's character), and performs in a play while on the lam. I found the chemistry between Stewart and Colbert to be on a par with Myrna Loy and William Powell in the "Thin Man" series. Claudette Colbert is extremely entertaining and likable in a clumsy sort of way similar to Katharine Hepburn's character in "Bringing Up Baby". Overall, this is a wonderful film and should bring only enjoyment to its viewers.


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