It's a Wonderful World (1939)





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In this frothy screwball comedy, Guy Johnson (James Stewart) is a private detective who is dedicated to his job but still quite green and a bit of a bumbler. Guy is hired to keep a close watch on Willie Heyward (Ernest Truex), a footloose millionaire with a habit of getting into trouble. One night, Willie ties one on and somehow ends up accused of murder, with Guy also charged as an accomplice. After the two are convicted, Guy escapes from the train taking him to prison, and he hits the road in hopes of finding evidence that will clear both himself and Willie. En route, Guy encounters Edwina Corday (Claudette Colbert), an eccentric poetess, and essentially abducts her, forcing her to let him use her car and help him as he tries to find the real murderer. But before long, Edwina seems more amused by Guy than threatened, and she falls in love with him as he assumes a bewildering series of disguises (actor, driver, Boy Scout) while trying to find the truth before it's too late. It's a Wonderful World also features Guy Kibbee, Edgar Kennedy, Sidney Blackmer, and Hans Conried.
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Hans Conried
as Stage Manager
James Stewart
as Guy Johnson
Sidney Blackmer
as Al Mallon
Frances Drake
as Vivian Tarbel
Claudette Colbert
as Edwina Corday
Cliff Clark
as Capt. Haggerty
Guy Kibbee
as Capt. Streeter
Edgar Kennedy
as Lt. Meller
Nat Pendleton
as Sgt. Koretz
Ernest Truex
as Willie Heyward
Richard Carle
as Maj. Willoughby
Grady Sutton
as Bupton Peabody
Cecil Cunningham
as Mme. Chambers
Andy Clyde
as Gimpy
Leonard Kibrick
as Herman Plotka
Philip Morris
as Policeman
Cecilia Callejo
as Dolores Gonzales
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Critic Reviews for It's a Wonderful World

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Wonderful screwball comedy.

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Audience Reviews for It's a Wonderful World

Feels like a rip off of It Happened One Night and other Capra films. Perhaps it's casting of Claudette Colbert? But there is a reason why this film is little known. It's not that memorable.

Vadim Dyment
Vadim Dyment

This feels like one of the crazy plot movies you'd find mentioned in the game Balderdash. I think the most interesting thing about the movie is the similarities between this movie and It's a Wonderful Life. James Stewart can work well with screwball comedy (Vivacious Lady and The Philadelphia Story), so I blame the script.

Matt Heiser
Matt Heiser

absolutely love Jimmy Stewart, but I couldn't say I was a great fan of this one. Stewart's character seemed to lack its usual charm, perhaps because he was quite angry most of the time, even to the point of punching Claudette Colbert in the face at one point. I must admit I did find that a bit humourous, just because such a thing would be nearly impossible to pull off nowadays. I also wasn't a fan of the way Colbert played her character. At times she seemed utterly helpless and others a nagging girlfriend, once again delievered without any charm or redeeming qualities. In spite of these feelings, I did still laugh at quite a few parts of this movie. Although I won't remember it as a classic like some other screwball comedies of the era (Bringing Up Baby, Philadelphia Story), it was pleasent enough.

Michael Renner
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