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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.


W.S. Van Dyke (as W.S. Van Dyke II)


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




Cast overview, first billed only:
Claudette Colbert ... Edwina Corday
James Stewart ... Guy Johnson
Guy Kibbee ... Fred 'Cap' Streeter
Nat Pendleton ... Sergeant Fred Koretz
Frances Drake ... Vivian Tarbel
Edgar Kennedy ... Police Lieutenant Miller
Ernest Truex ... Willie Heyward
Richard Carle ... Major I.E. Willoughby
Cecilia Callejo ... Dolores Gonzales
Sidney Blackmer ... Al Mallon
Andy Clyde ... 'Gimpy'
Cliff Clark Cliff Clark ... Police Captain Haggerty
Cecil Cunningham ... Madame J.L. Chambers
Leonard Kibrick ... Herman Plotka
Hans Conried ... Delmonico - Stage Manager


Detective Guy Johnson's client, Willie Heywood is framed for murder and while Guy hides him so he can catch the real killer, both of them are nabbed by the police, tried, convicted and sentenced to jail -- Guy for a year, Willie to be executed. On the way to jail Guy comes across a clue and escapes from the police... Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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No politics-no problems in this picture!-just HAPPINESS! (Print Ad-Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,((Pittsburgh, Penna.)) 1 June 1939) See more »


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Did You Know?


The original story was written with Marion Davies in mind to play the poetess Edwina Corday. See more »


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


Guy Johnson: I got one chance in a thousand without some silly dame gummin' the thing up!
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Referenced in American Masters: Woody Allen: A Documentary (2011) See more »

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17 September 2003 | by stevedtxSee all my reviews

I waited for months for this to come on TCM because Leonard Maltin said it was a "very, very funny" screwball comedy. He must have seen a different movie. This film has plenty of screwballs in it, alright, but the "plot" is confusing, wandering all over the place with no clear direction, the characters are irritating, and the dialog is stupid -- I can't believe Ben Hecht and Herman Mankiewicz couldn't do better than this. Not funny, just plain silly. A waste of time.

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Release Date:

19 May 1939 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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