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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.

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


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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 »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

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

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Guy Johnson: I got one chance in a thousand without some silly dame gummin' the thing up!
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Two of the dumbest flatfoots ever
17 December 2006 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

1939 was definitely James Stewart's break out year with Destry Rides Again and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington putting him once and for all in the ranks of biggest film stars. Unfortunately he also was in Ice Follies of 1939 which was a dud and It's A Wonderful World which didn't help or hurt his career.

In their one and only screen pairing, Stewart gets Claudette Colbert as a leading lady. He's a private detective hired by Ernest Truex who swears he's been framed by an evil woman Frances Drake for murder. Stewart hides out Truex, but they both get caught and Stewart gets sent up for aiding and abetting a fugitive. He escapes the cops and continues his investigation.

He also meets up with Claudette Colbert who's doing a pale imitation of her role from It Happened One Night. She's a poetess/heiress also on the run and she's more of a hindrance than a help although her quick thinking does save the situation in the end.

It's A Wonderful World is enjoyable however for the presence of three wonderful characters. Guy Kibbee as Stewart's hapless partner in his detective agency who seems always to be around to get clobbered. And the best is Edgar Kennedy and Nat Pendleton as the police pursuing Stewart.

Those two really save this film. Thank God these two were such a pair of dim bulbs. Neither of these guys exactly plays Rhodes scholars on the screen, but here they really outdo themselves. They were excellent together, why MGM or other studios didn't team them more is a mystery.


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