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It's a Wonderful World (1939)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Crime, Mystery | 19 May 1939 (USA)
When a tycoon is accused of murder, the private eye tracking him finds himself roped in as an accessory and attempts to evade police, kidnapping a poetess along the way.


(as W.S. Van Dyke II)


(screen play), (based on an original story by) | 1 more credit »

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Willie Heyward
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Al Mallon
Cliff Clark ...
Police Captain Haggerty
Madame J.L. Chambers
Herman Plotka
Delmonico - Stage Manager


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19 May 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

't Is een wonderlijke wereld  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

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 »


For some reason the windshield wipers have been removed from Edwina's car - possibly due to reflections causing problems. See more »


Edwina Corday: You need me.
Guy Johnson: I need you about as much as I need a giraffe.
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I Swear By My Eyes?
14 March 2005 | by See all my reviews

Like stevedtx of Nevada, I was also very disappointed in this movie. Considering the talent involved, from the actors (particularly Nat Pendleton, one of my favorites), to the director and writers, I was predisposed to like it. And although I should have known better, I, too, believed the Maltin review. Some of the worst movies I have ever seen have been given 3 or 4 star ratings in that guide.

There's a good reason why Colbert and Stewart weren't paired again in a movie...no chemistry whatsoever, at least none that I could detect. And where were the laughs? I cringed when Stewart was in blackface and spoke with an "Alabama" accent.

Try watching Midnight, or The Palm Beach Story for Miss Colbert at her comedic best.

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