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It's a Wonderful World (1939)

Not Rated   |    |  Comedy, Crime, Mystery

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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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  • James Stewart and Guy Kibbee in It's a Wonderful World (1939)
  • It's a Wonderful World (1939)
  • James Stewart and Claudette Colbert in It's a Wonderful World (1939)
  • James Stewart and Claudette Colbert in It's a Wonderful World (1939)
  • James Stewart and Claudette Colbert in It's a Wonderful World (1939)
  • James Stewart and Sidney Blackmer in It's a Wonderful World (1939)

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17 December 2013 | wes-connors
| It Happened One Murder
Private detective James Stewart (as Guy Johnson) tries to prove a boozy New York millionaire client is not guilty of murder, but finds himself implicated. While serving time for harboring a fugitive, Mr. Stewart happens upon a clue to the real killer's identity. Stewart escapes and kidnaps lady poet Claudette Colbert (as Edwina Corday). She begins to wonder if Stewart could be telling the truth about his attempt to solve the crime. They form an unlikely partnership and Ms. Colbert begins to consider Stewart a romantic prospect. Stewart the sleuth does well posing as a chauffeur, spectacled Boy Scout and actor who wavers from English to "African". Colbert is charming, as usual; possibly, she takes advantage of director W.S. Van Dyke's "one take" reputation by skipping the make-up session which would have given her the bruised face mentioned in the script (by Ben Hecht). Nat Pendleton is very funny as a likable sergeant who can't seem to keep Stewart under arrest, and the dependable Guy Kibbee is fine as Stewart's detective friend.

****** It's a Wonderful World (5/19/39) W.S. Van Dyke ~ James Stewart, Claudette Colbert, Guy Kibbee, Nat Pendleton

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