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Having Wonderful Crime (1945)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Crime, Mystery | 12 April 1945 (USA)
A lawyer and two newlyweds get mixed up in mock mystery at a resort.

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(as Eddie Sutherland)
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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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Comedy | Crime | Mystery

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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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lively "thin man"-esque detective comedy
6 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie appears to be a series that never developed. It begins by telling the viewer that Malloy is always being dragged into mysteries by his friends and then he's dragged into one.

It's a shame they only made one of these, because it's one of the better detective comedies of the era; not as good as the Thin Man movies, but with a similar sensibility and a cute, light-hearted tone. O'Brien does a good job as the hapless lead and Landis shows a giddy charm as his scattered friend. Murphy makes less of an impression but is basically fine.

The movie is a bit sloppy in terms of plotting; I lost track of what was going on at some point and ended up without the slightest idea of why the murder had been committed. But in spite of sloppy storytelling this is a very enjoyable little movie.


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