Metro saturates the screwball comedy type of picture with some pretty broad burlesque in It’s a Wonderful World.
Claudette Colbert is a zany poetess in continual conflict and love with James Stewart. Story [an original by Ben Hecht and Herman J. Mankiewicz] is thinly laid foundation to provide the wacky and slapsticky situations and rapid-fire laugh dialog.
Stewart, a novice private detective, is assigned to watch millionaire Ernest Truex. Latter goes on a bender, and winds up convicted of a murder. Stewart is implicated, and escapes from the train en route to prison determined to solve the murder mystery and save his client. Kidnapping Colbert and requisitioning her car, Stewart runs through series of disguises – a Boy Scout leader, chauffeur, and actor.
W.S. Van Dyke presents the yarn with good humor and a let’s-have-fun attitude.
It's a Wonderful World
M-G-M. Director W.S. Van Dyke; Producer Frank Davis; Screenplay Ben Hecht; Camera Oliver T. Marsh; Editor Harold F. Kress; Music Edward Ward; Art Director Cedric Gibbons, Paul Groesse
(B&W) Extract of a review from 1939. Running time: 84 MIN.
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