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Having Wonderful Crime (1945)

Passed | | Comedy, Crime, Mystery | 22 June 1946 (Mexico)
A lawyer and two newlyweds get mixed up in mock mystery at a resort.

Director:

A. Edward Sutherland (as Eddie Sutherland)

Writers:

Howard J. Green (screenplay), Parke Levy (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
Pat O'Brien ... Michael J. Malone
George Murphy ... Jake Justus
Carole Landis ... Helene Justus
Lenore Aubert ... Gilda Mayfair
George Zucco ... King aka The Great Movel
Gloria Holden ... Phyllis Gray (as Anje Berens)
Richard Martin ... Lance Richards
Charles D. Brown Charles D. Brown ... Mr. Winslow
William 'Wee Willie' Davis ... Zacharias - the Porter
Blanche Ring ... Elizabeth Lenhart
Chili Williams ... Blonde in Polka Dots
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Storyline

Lawyer Malone's two zany friends embroil him in detective work once too often, and the police are after all three. So Malone must accompany Jake and beautiful Helene on their honeymoon at rustic Lenhart Lodge. There, they plunge into a broad burlesque of murder mystery cliches, with rapid-fire wisecracks, double takes, and every sight gag known to Hollywood. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Comedy | Crime | Mystery

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Passed | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 June 1946 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

Having a Wonderful Crime See more »

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RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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In this movie Malone's first name is Mike. In the books and radio series his name is John J. Malone. See more »

Quotes

Helene: Not so fast, my skirt's too tight!
Jake: Oh, I told you you didn't know how to dress for a murder.
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Landis is the best part of the movie
2 December 2013 | by frankfobSee all my reviews

This "screwball" comedy about lawyers, newlyweds, magicians and disappearing dead bodies is a bit too forced for its own good. Pat O'Brien was an old hand at this type of thing, and it shows, but George Murphy wasn't, and that shows, too--he's constantly trying to keep up with or even upstage O'Brien, but he's not up to it. The convoluted writing doesn't help matters, either, but in movies like this a good cast and director can overcome the script's shortcomings. That's not the case here, however. The slapstick is trite--there's nothing really funny about someone falling into a lake, which happens several times--and although there are some sharp lines in the script, there aren't enough of them to keep the film going.

By far the best part of the movie, however, is Carol Landis. She's a revelation. She has seldom looked more stunning, and the combination of her beauty, sweetly sexy voice and first-rate comedy chops are irresistible (as an extra added attraction, Landis puts in a brief appearance in a bathing-beauty contest; it's only a few seconds, but it's worth it). She has far more chemistry with O'Brien, who plays her nemesis, than she does with Murphy, who plays her husband, and their scenes together really crackle as opposed to her scenes with Murphy, which fall flat.

Overall, it's an OK comedy-mystery that has its moments, but not enough of them. It's worth a watch once, maybe, if only to see Carol Landis at her prime. She would unfortunately commit suicide a few years later, apparently despondent over a failed affair and a stalled career. A sad, sad ending for one of the most beautiful, talented and underrated actresses Hollywood has ever seen.


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