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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.

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Jake Justus
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Helene Justus
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Gilda Mayfair
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King aka The Great Movel
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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 ...
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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 <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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lawyer | resort | honeymoon

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Comedy | Crime | Mystery

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12 April 1945 (USA)  »

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Um Crime Maravilhoso  »

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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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Carole Landis Showcase
20 November 2010 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Sprightly B-comedy that follows the first rule of good movie-making—Keep things moving. No dead spots here, thanks to up-tempo director Ed Sutherland. But then the 70-minutes has that fast-talking dynamo Pat O'Brien never at a wisecrack loss. But even more, there's a really sparkling Carole Landis. So guys, if you've never seen her, what an eyeful. She really fills out the 40's wardrobe, plus enough blonde hair to start a mattress factory. And she can do a ton of comedy—catch her lively reactions to most every situation in a situation filled movie. Hard to think of her as ever being depressed, as I guess she unfortunately was.

Not everything is roses. If you can follow the mystery plot, there's a place for you at Cal Tech, and that's after a really good set-up— a disappearing magician who actually disappears! Then too, there's a slightly befuddled George Murphy wondering how to keep up with his two co-stars. But that's okay since he has little to do but follow them around. Also, ace villain George Zucco is largely wasted in what turns out to be a minor role.

Still, it's a lively and engaging little wartime farce, just the kind of upbeat entertainment for the nightshift at the airplane factory. Then too, I expect the boys overseas got extra motivated seeing all the movie's great looking girls. But, above all, it's a Carole Landis showcase that still gets a big share of chuckles, even 60-years later.


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