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The Amazing Mr. Williams (1939)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Mystery | 23 November 1939 (USA)
Kenny Williams, a lieutenant on the homicide squad, is engaged to Maxine Carroll, the Mayor's secretary. Or isn't he rather married with his job? For each time he has a date with his ... See full summary »

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Complete credited cast:
... Police Lieutenant Kenny Williams
... Maxine Carroll
... Police Captain McGovern
... Effie Perkins
... Buck Moseby (as Edward S. Brophy)
... Police Lieutenant Bixler
... Detective Deever
... Mayor
... Stanley
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
... Clerk
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Kenny Williams, a lieutenant on the homicide squad, is engaged to Maxine Carroll, the Mayor's secretary. Or isn't he rather married with his job? For each time he has a date with his longtime fiancée, he is prevented from keeping it by his devotion to duty. Maxine, in desperation, decides to take action and bring Kenny to the altar. Who will win, Maxine's curves or the glorious fight against crime? Written by Guy Bellinger

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23 November 1939 (USA)  »

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The Incredible Mr. Williams  »

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Third of three pictures that Columbia paired Melvyn Douglas with Joan Blondell from 1938-9. The other films being There's Always a Woman (1938) and Good Girls Go to Paris (1939). They would not work together again until MGM's Advance to the Rear (1964). See more »

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When Kenny and the Captain are walking out of the hotel together, a moving shadow of the camera falls across a column in the foreground. See more »

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Lieutenant Kenny Williams: Listen, you saw this dame.
Maxine Carroll: Well, just a peek.
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References Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) See more »

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Rockin' the Town
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Music by Johnny Green
Lyrics by Ted Koehler
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This crime comedy misfires badly
10 January 2009 | by See all my reviews

The odd title, "The Amazing Mr. Williams," suggests to me that somebody wanted to create a movie series. That never happened, and it's easy to see why. Douglas plays Kenny Williams, a smart, brave and thoroughly decent police detective. His girlfriend, portrayed by Blondell, wants him off the force at any cost. His boss, played by Kolb, has just the opposite plan: He wants Williams to stay on the force even if it ruins his life. Both the girlfriend and the police chief are willing to lie and scheme to get what they want. What a situation! In a supposedly charming comedy, the people in Williams' life seem to care "amazingly" little about him. It all has a kind of nasty edge. If any of the gags had worked, this film might have been saved, but they all fall flat. Even the much-discussed drag scene is dull. The sight of a typical guy in an absurd female disguise is either funny at first sight or it's not funny at all. You can't doll up this dog of a movie.


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