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It's a Wonderful World (1939)

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.

Director:

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

Writers:

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

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 ... Police Captain Haggerty
Cecil Cunningham ... Madame J.L. Chambers
Leonard Kibrick ... Herman Plotka
Hans Conried ... Delmonico - Stage Manager
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

THE HAPPENINGS OF ONE WONDERFUL NIGHT! (original ad - all caps) See more »


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 May 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

't Is een wonderlijke wereld See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The $10M Vivian hopes to get in her scheme would equate to over $176M in 2017. See more »

Goofs

All of the newspapers shown in the film share many of the same articles, with the same headlines and typefaces, despite being in different newspapers and spread across several weeks. See more »

Quotes

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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Entertaining screwball comedy
15 December 1998 | by LinnellSee all my reviews

Stewart easily steals the picture for laughs in this fast-paced, roller-coaster screwball - playing well outside his normal character range (motivated by money, despising women). Clearly influenced by 'It happened one night', especially with Colbert in the lead. Entertaining movie, genuinely funny, and withstands repeated viewings. Highlights include Stewart's impromptu impersonations of a scout leader and Southern actor and hearing the poem that Colbert has supposedly written just for him being broadcast over the radio (wearing very thick spectacles).


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