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It's a Wonderful World

Released May 19, 1939 1h 26m Mystery & Thriller Comedy List
Reviews 78% Audience Score 500+ Ratings
Private eye Guy Johnson (James Stewart) is charged with tracking every move of boozing tycoon Willie Heyward (Ernest Truex) -- and ensuring that the mogul comes to no harm. But Guy runs into trouble when, after a bender, Heyward is accused of murder and Guy gets roped in as an accessory. Desperate to prove his innocence, Guy makes a daring escape from a prison train and, while on the run, kidnaps poet Edwina Corday (Claudette Colbert), who gradually warms to his cause. Read More Read Less
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SMH Staff Sydney Morning Herald Miss Colbert is an attractive, saucy minx, albeit possessed of too much uncontrolled ardour. James Stewart bungs a mixture of whimsicality and gruffness to his role. Aug 28, 2020 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews Wonderful screwball comedy. Rated: A- Mar 19, 2015 Full Review Read all reviews

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Joel H Even though they share similar titles and both star Jimmy Stewart, I swear by my eyes, It's a Wonderful World has nothing to do with It's a Wonderful Life. One is a timeless Christmas classic and the other, released seven years prior, is a screwball comedy murder mystery that makes one passing reference to Christmas. To be honest, I thought I was going to like it more. However, the story is stretched thin and there's no real chemistry between Stewart and Claudette Colbert. In fact, I feel like the weak link in this movie is Colbert. I enjoyed parts of It's a Wonderful World, but Life is better. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 12/05/23 Full Review Steve D Good premise, great cast, bad script. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 05/20/23 Full Review Scott F Every year I have to watch this at least once during the Holidays. I know this movie word for word. It is my all time favorite classic Christmas movie. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 12/03/21 Full Review william k Hilarious screwball comedy hasn't dated a bit, but it's no surprise having Stewart and Colbert team up to a Ben Hecht script. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review s r A screwball comedy that has its witty moments. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member not particularly groundbreaking but a bit of fun Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/03/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Private eye Guy Johnson (James Stewart) is charged with tracking every move of boozing tycoon Willie Heyward (Ernest Truex) -- and ensuring that the mogul comes to no harm. But Guy runs into trouble when, after a bender, Heyward is accused of murder and Guy gets roped in as an accessory. Desperate to prove his innocence, Guy makes a daring escape from a prison train and, while on the run, kidnaps poet Edwina Corday (Claudette Colbert), who gradually warms to his cause.
Director
W. S. Van Dyke II
Producer
Frank Davis
Production Co
Metro Goldwyn Mayer, Loew's Inc.
Genre
Mystery & Thriller, Comedy
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
May 19, 1939, Limited
Release Date (Streaming)
Oct 24, 2012
Runtime
1h 26m
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