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Having Wonderful Crime (1945)

 -  Comedy | Crime | Mystery  -  12 April 1945 (USA)
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A lawyer and two newlyweds get mixed up in mock mystery at a resort.


(as Eddie Sutherland)
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Complete credited cast:
Michael J. Malone
Jake Justus
Helene Justus
Lenore Aubert ...
Gilda Mayfair
George Zucco ...
King aka The Great Movel
Phyllis Gray (as Anje Berens)
Richard Martin ...
Lance Richards
Charles D. Brown ...
Mr. Winslow
William 'Wee Willie' Davis ...
Zacharias, the Porter
Blanche Ring ...
Elizabeth Lenhart
Chili Williams ...
Blonde in Polka Dots


Lawyer Malone's two zany friends embroil him in detective work once too often, and the police are after all three. So Malone must accompany Jake and beautiful Helene on their honeymoon at rustic Lenhart Lodge. There, they plunge into a broad burlesque of murder mystery cliches, with rapid-fire wisecracks, double takes, and every sight gag known to Hollywood. Written by Rod Crawford <>

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lawyer | honeymoon | resort


Comedy | Crime | Mystery



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12 April 1945 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Helene: Not so fast, my skirt's too tight!
Jake: Oh, I told you you didn't know how to dress for a murder.
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27 November 2010 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Having Wonderful Crime (1945)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Pretty good comedy-mystery from RKO has a lawyer (Pat O'Brien) and his two wacky, newlywed friends (George Murphy, Carole Landis) having fun solving various crimes. This time out they're investigating a magician (George Zucco) who disappeared during his act and might have been murdered due to a previous job. This RKO flick features a pretty good cast and they're certainly the main reason to watch this thing. The majority of the film goes for laughs and it gets quite a few of them thanks in large part to the chemistry of the cast. O'Brien has the perfect sense of humor for this type of film as he always plays it straight but at the same time he has no problem looking silly if he has to. His more serious nature works perfectly well with both Murphy and Landis who are more over the top. The three stars fit their roles nicely and have no trouble mixing up all the comedy bits. Horror fans will enjoy seeing Zucco in his brief part but they'll also get to see Lenore Aubert from ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN and Gloria Holden from DRACULA'S DAUGHTER. Aubert gets to go over the top as well especially during some bizarre crying scenes and I'm really not sure if these scenes were meant to be serious or if she was just horrid at crying. At just 70-minutes the film goes by extremely quick and director Sutherland does a fine job at keeping everything moving. The screenplay goes for a lot of dry wit and fast laughs and it's able to get most of them but there are several scenes with people either falling into a lake or pools and I must admit that I grew tired of these falls. Inside a hotel is where a lot of the mystery happens and most of it involves a trunk that keeps disappearing and this leads to some decent laughs as does O'Brien's character who is constantly chasing women.

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