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The Amazing Mr. Williams (1939)

Approved | | 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 »

Director:

Alexander Hall

Writers:

Dwight Taylor (screenplay), Sy Bartlett (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Melvyn Douglas ... Police Lieutenant Kenny Williams
Joan Blondell ... Maxine Carroll
Clarence Kolb ... Police Captain McGovern
Ruth Donnelly ... Effie Perkins
Edward Brophy ... Buck Moseby (as Edward S. Brophy)
Donald MacBride ... Police Lieutenant Bixler
Don Beddoe ... Detective Deever
Jonathan Hale ... Mayor
John Wray ... Stanley
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
E. Alyn Warren ... Clerk
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Storyline

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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Comedy | Drama | Mystery

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 November 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Incredible Mr. Williams See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Maxine Carroll: I think I'll wear my pink dress tonight. The one with the full skirt.
Effie Perkins: Don't put it on until you see the whites of his eyes.
Maxine Carroll: What?
Effie Perkins: Every time Kenny sends you roses, you end up all dressed up, made up and stood up.
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Connections

References Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) See more »

Soundtracks

Wedding March
(uncredited)
from "Lohengrin"
Music by Richard Wagner
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Overlooked screwball comedy
5 January 2010 | by waldog2006See all my reviews

Melvyn Douglas once more gives a polished performance in which, this time, he inhabits the role of a detective who can't place love before duty and adventure, and the warmly beautiful Joan Blondell (who, far from being illiterate, as one reviewer suggested, wrote a novel about her early life) is as enjoyable as ever as his ever-suffering sweetheart.It's almost a screwball comedy, almost a Thin Man-type movie, almost a series, I guess, that didn't quite make it to a sequel. It doesn't quite reach classic status, but it has all the ingredients for a fun 85 minutes with an episodic but pacey script, fine character actors, and direction that keeps it all moving fast enough so that you nearly don't notice that Williams (Douglas) isn't exactly Columbo when it comes to detecting. I wish there were more films like this.


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