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Its a Wonderful World [DVD] [1939] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Claudette Colbert , James Stewart , W.S. Van Dyke    DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Claudette Colbert, James Stewart, Guy Kibbee, Nat Pendleton, Frances Drake
  • Directors: W.S. Van Dyke
  • Writers: Ben Hecht, Herman J. Mankiewicz
  • Producers: Frank Davis
  • Format: Black & White, DVD-Video, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Warner Archives
  • DVD Release Date: 19 Jan 2010
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003IPD97U
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 61,874 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Ben Hecht - Never Less Than Snappy 1 Nov 2013
By Mario
W.S. Van Dyke had clearly got some credit in the bank for the profitable 'Thin Man' series and this is a very good example of that sub-genre of 'mystery screwball'. Innocent people get killed and an unusually aggressive James Stewart has to try and save a man's life. Probably an attempt to mimic the success of 'It Happened One Night' with Claudette Colbert as lovely as ever with her weird but fascinating 'bob with perm' haircut. Guy Kibbee plays the Charles Coburn-type very amusingly (he was great in the musico-screwball '42nd Street' of course). Perhaps not as slick as the classics of the 30s but plenty of laughs nevertheless and never tedious unlike the crude dross of modern comedy or pompous overblown blockbusters full of product placement masquerading as cinema today.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Screwball Comedy 12 Dec 2012
Little known 1930's comedy with James Stewart, almost a detective-story remake of It Happened One Night. Darker than most other screwball comedies of the time and not in the same league as the classics like Bringing Up Baby, but still worth a look as a typical genre piece.

For information this has nothing to do with a British film with the Ted Heath band.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A neglected comedy gem 24 Dec 2010
By Mr. James C. Kellam - Published on
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This is a neglected, but very, very funny film. James Stewart is on the run from the police, but his troubles have hardly begun compared to when he runs into dizzy dame Claudette Colbert.

The scene in the apple orchard is simply side-splitting, with Colbert proving what a brilliant comedienne she could be.

This film is full of crazy characters, including Edgar Kennedy at his most incompetent. "Screwball" really is the correct word for this one, and it is up there with the very best of them.

I should point out that this is an official DVD-R download from Warner which played with no problems. However, it has to be said that the copy of the film used here is fairly poor with numerous picture faults. A copy from U.K. TV which I saw wasn't any better, so perhaps this is the best that has survived - which is a shame.

Don't let this put you off, because it would be unfortunate to miss seeing this brilliant film. Highly recommended with slight reservations.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Enduring 1930's Comedy 10 Oct 2011
By drkhimxz - Published on
When this film was made, Colbert had been around long enough to have had a year as highest paid actress in Hollywood and a year as highest paid performer. She was both a sure-thing box office hit and a highly respected professional. She was versatile: comedy or drama, she could do it all. Steward was acquiring versatility: he had featured with tough guy, Edward G. Robinson, and done comedy (and even a song) in a film with Eleanor Powell. He was fast moving into stardom,
Both show their comedy side in this dizzy dazzler, with Stewart as a private detective, on the way to Sing Sing (although it doesn't say so), who would do anything for a buck (or, as in this case, 100,000 bucks--more than a million in today's coin of the realm). Not to reveal any more than necessary, his path crosses with a daffy poetess, who becomes attached to him. The plot line: how is he to clear himself, while saving his client from THE (electric) CHAIR. Edgar Kennedy and Guy Kibbee are excellent in their patented comedic roles and Nat Pendleton is the epitome of the Dumb Cop. In a brief appearance, the virtuoso of innumerable radio roles (and later a frequent guest on the Jack Paar Show), Hans Conreid, is recognizable.
Most of the comedy is anything but subtle. Physical gags and outrageous mugging are the norm. So, too, are the expert comedic way with lines of both stars.
I wouldn't call this a classic film, if only because it does almost anything for a laugh. I would say that many people will find this 70 some odd year old film a pleasure.
14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Worth a look, but should have been much better 20 July 2010
By Hal Jordan - Published on
It was hard to believe I had never seen this film before. In fact, I had never even heard of it. Jimmy Stewart, Claudette Colbert, a script by Ben Hecht? Leonard Maltin describes it as "very, very funny." I figured I was in for a real treat. Unfortunately, it turned out that there were good reasons for this being a rather obscure film -- it's just not very good. The main problem is the script. The idea is pretty good: Stewart plays a private detective who gets arrested while trying to clear a millionaire client of murder. He escapes and has various adventures with Colbert while on the run. Unfortunately, it's just not very funny (I don't know what Maltin was thinking). There is an over reliance on slapstick and physical humor -- Stewart wearing as a disguise glasses that he can't actually see through, his partner repeatedly getting hit on the head, and so on. Anyone looking for snappy dialog from Ben Hecht won't find it here. Much as I love Jimmy Stewart, his performances could sometimes edge into the shrill. That happens a number of times in this one, perhaps because he is trying to use the energy of his delivery to compensate for the weakness of some of the dialog.

If you are a 1930s movie buff, this one is worth seeing, but I give a disappointing 2 1/2 stars.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fine old movie 20 Feb 2014
By Matt White - Published on
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In reference to the negative reviews of this and so many other old movies: People who don't like the slapstick or outdated themes presented in old black and white movies shouldn't watch them. Most acting in these pictures (of which I own hundreds) is nave and innocent. I know the stories are often contrived and unrealistic. It's a MOVIE!!! Hello.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent 3 Aug 2013
By Kristen - Published on
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Okay I hate saying this because I love Jimmy Stewart and Claudette Colbert, but unfortunately this is not one of their better films. Personally I think it has nothing to do with either of the actors or their acting abilities. I really think it has to do with the weakness of the script. With the right script these two are amazing. I've seen plenty of their other movies. If you're new to old films this is not a good one to start with. But anyone who adores old films and is an old hand at them go ahead and check this out. Its worth watching for the sake of the actors and their body of work, but not a classic.
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