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The Amazing Mr. Williams (1939)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Mystery | 23 November 1939 (USA)
Kenny Williams, a lieutenant on the homicide squad, is engaged to Maxine Carroll, the Mayor's secretary. Or isn't he rather married with his job? For each time he has a date with his ... See full summary »

Director:

Alexander Hall

Writers:

Dwight Taylor (screenplay), Sy Bartlett (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Melvyn Douglas ... Police Lieutenant Kenny Williams
Joan Blondell ... Maxine Carroll
Clarence Kolb ... Police Captain McGovern
Ruth Donnelly ... Effie Perkins
Edward Brophy ... Buck Moseby (as Edward S. Brophy)
Donald MacBride ... Police Lieutenant Bixler
Don Beddoe ... Detective Deever
Jonathan Hale ... Mayor
John Wray ... Stanley
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
E. Alyn Warren ... Clerk
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Storyline

Kenny Williams, a lieutenant on the homicide squad, is engaged to Maxine Carroll, the Mayor's secretary. Or isn't he rather married with his job? For each time he has a date with his longtime fiancée, he is prevented from keeping it by his devotion to duty. Maxine, in desperation, decides to take action and bring Kenny to the altar. Who will win, Maxine's curves or the glorious fight against crime? Written by Guy Bellinger

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Comedy | Drama | Mystery

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 November 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Incredible Mr. Williams See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Third of three pictures that Columbia paired Melvyn Douglas with Joan Blondell from 1938-9. The other films being There's Always a Woman (1938) and Good Girls Go to Paris (1939). They would not work together again until MGM's Advance to the Rear (1964). See more »

Goofs

When Kenny and the Captain are walking out of the hotel together, a moving shadow of the camera falls across a column in the foreground. See more »

Quotes

Maxine Carroll: [First lines] Bring me an Old Fashion, please.
Headwaiter: Yes, Miss.
Maxine Carroll: And don't make it too old fashioned.
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Connections

References Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) See more »

Soundtracks

Rockin' the Town
(uncredited)
Music by Johnny Green
Lyrics by Ted Koehler
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Comedy from a golden year
10 January 2009 | by aberlour36See all my reviews

What was there about 1939 that helped produce so many excellent Hollywood films? Well, whatever it was, the magic may also be found in this Columbia picture. It's a long forgotten screwball comedy that Turner Classic Movies has begun to show. (Maltin's movie book does not contain it.) In nearly every department, Amazing Mr. Williams is a jewel.

It's the story of a first-rate police detective who can never find the time to marry his intended. As the wedding bells are about to ring, he gets called to the scene of a murder. The lady in question has to learn the hard way not only to enjoy the pursuit of criminals but to belong to the police force. There are a lot of laughs in the process.

Melvyn Douglas proved again that he had few peers in light comedy. Joan Blondell was at the peak of her career and is a delight. Edward Brophy and Donald McBride are hilarious.

The film goes on a bit too long, but who cares? The screwball comedies are always able to entertain, and this film belongs right in there with the best.


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