It's a Wonderful World (1939)

84 or 86 mins | Comedy | 19 May 1939

Director:

W. S. Van Dyke

Writer:

Ben Hecht

Producer:

Frank Davis

Cinematographer:

Oliver T. Marsh

Editor:

Harold F. Kress

Production Designer:

Cedric Gibbons

Production Company:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.
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HISTORY

According to a news items in HR , Myrna Loy was originally slated for the role of Edwina Corday, but had to withdraw because of prior commitments. After Loy's departure, M-G-M considered Frances Drake for the lead. This was Claudette Colbert's first picture for M-G-M. The picture was filmed on location in San Diego, ... More Less

According to a news items in HR , Myrna Loy was originally slated for the role of Edwina Corday, but had to withdraw because of prior commitments. After Loy's departure, M-G-M considered Frances Drake for the lead. This was Claudette Colbert's first picture for M-G-M. The picture was filmed on location in San Diego, CA. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
11 May 39
p. 3.
Film Daily
4 May 39
p. 20.
Hollywood Reporter
2 Feb 39
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
18 Feb 39
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
22 Feb 39
p. 1.
Hollywood Reporter
31 Mar 39
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
12 May 39
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
3 May 39
p. 20.
Motion Picture Herald
8 Apr 39
p. 50.
Motion Picture Herald
6 May 39
p. 38.
New York Times
19 May 39
p. 27.
Variety
17 May 39
p. 12.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
2d unit dir
Asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITERS
Scr
Orig story
PHOTOGRAPHY
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir assoc
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
COSTUMES
Gowns
MUSIC
Mus score
SOUND
Rec dir
MAKEUP
DETAILS
Release Date:
19 May 1939
Production Date:
began 22 February 1939
retakes and addl scenes began 30 March 1939
Copyright Claimant:
Loew's Inc.
Copyright Date:
4 May 1939
Copyright Number:
LP8843
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
84 or 86
Length(in reels):
9
Country:
United States
PCA No:
5248
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

Novice private detective Guy Johnson is hired by Willie Heyward, a sodden millionaire with a penchant for trouble, to extricate him from a murder charge. Guy finds himself implicated in the crime when he is arrested and sentenced to prison for concealing his client. Armed with the single clue to the case, a half dime, the other half of which is in the possession of the murderer, Guy escapes from the train bound for Sing Sing, kidnaps freelance poet Edwina Corday and hijacks her car. The murderer's trail leads to upstate New York, and along the way Edwina falls in love with her captor. Comic complications arise as she enthusiastically joins the chase, aiding Guy as he disguises himself as a Boy Scout leader, a chauffeur and an actor to elude the police. They finally arrive at the small town on the Hudson where the real murderer is performing in an amateur theater group. With his half dime, Guy flushes out the real killer, and the crime solved, wins exoneration for both himself and his ... +


Novice private detective Guy Johnson is hired by Willie Heyward, a sodden millionaire with a penchant for trouble, to extricate him from a murder charge. Guy finds himself implicated in the crime when he is arrested and sentenced to prison for concealing his client. Armed with the single clue to the case, a half dime, the other half of which is in the possession of the murderer, Guy escapes from the train bound for Sing Sing, kidnaps freelance poet Edwina Corday and hijacks her car. The murderer's trail leads to upstate New York, and along the way Edwina falls in love with her captor. Comic complications arise as she enthusiastically joins the chase, aiding Guy as he disguises himself as a Boy Scout leader, a chauffeur and an actor to elude the police. They finally arrive at the small town on the Hudson where the real murderer is performing in an amateur theater group. With his half dime, Guy flushes out the real killer, and the crime solved, wins exoneration for both himself and his client. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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