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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.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Edwina Corday
... Guy Johnson
... Fred 'Cap' Streeter
... Sergeant Fred Koretz
... Vivian Tarbel
... Police Lieutenant Miller
... Willie Heyward
... Major I.E. Willoughby
... Dolores Gonzales
... Al Mallon
... 'Gimpy'
... Police Captain Haggerty
... Madame J.L. Chambers
... Herman Plotka
... Delmonico - Stage Manager
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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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19 May 1939 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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This film's initial telecasts took place in Philadelphia Thursday 17 January 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6) and in Seattle Friday 18 January 1957 on KING (Channel 5), followed by Chicago 4 February 1957 on WBBM (Channel 2), by Portland OR 20 February 1957 on KGW (Channel 8), by Phoenix 24 February 1957 on KPHO (Channel 5), by Syracuse 26 February 1957 on WHEN (Channel 8), and by Altoona PA 27 February 1957 on WFBG (Channel 10); it first aired in Los Angeles 21 March 1958 on KTTV (Channel 11) and in New York City 5 August 1958 on WCBS (Channel 2). In San Francisco it was first seen 7 June 1960 on KGO (Channel 7) and in Minneapolis 5 December 1960 on WTCN (Channel 11). See more »

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At about five minutes into the film, Guy finishes talking to a doorman and goes to get back in his cab. A clear reflection of the boom microphone is visible on the taxi's windshield. See more »

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Guy Johnson: You sort of changed my whole philosophy about women. I don't know... I always figured they kind of ended at the neck. You sort of begin there.
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Jimmy Stewart does Screwball Comedy
11 January 2007 | by See all my reviews

Was IT'S A WONDERFUL WORLD hurt by the fact that it is difficult for me to imagine Jimmy Stewart as a hardball character, even a chauvinist, or was it helped by the fact that this movie would have been nothing without him? Granted, Claudette Colbert plays the poet, the hopelessly romantic dreamer, well, and that plays off Stewart's greed-driven detective splendidly.

The detective, crime-solving part of the film is well done within its confines, Edgar Kennedy and Nat Pendleton are cast well as the rather slow-witted police. If this 1939 film had been made two and a half decades earlier, they would have fallen over each other, broken things, and caused ultraviolence in a Mack Sennett sort of way.) Guy Kibbee is, of course, perfect as the Stewart's partner. I will not spoil the ending, but I can say that as with all well-written screwball comedies, the film has a delightful way of meandering through situations and reaching a conclusion which satisfies.

I don't know if this will help, but before viewing, I had to promise my wife that it was not that Christmas movie.


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