Notebook Reviews: IT’S A WONDERFUL WORLD

W. S. Van Dyke – 1939

3 out of 5 stars

It’s A Wonderful World is an enjoyable enough (and very short) screwball chase comedy with Claudette Colbert and James Stewart.

Despite it’s pedigree – written by Ben Hecht and Herman J. Mankiewicz and directed by The Thin Man‘s W.S. Van Dyke – It’s A Wonderful World is lacking in thrills and real peril. It’s all a bit implausible.

Colbert and Stewart work hard to make the lightweight material sing – but this is nothing but an amiable time passer. Ultimately, if you want to watch a screwball chase comedy with Claudette Colbert – watch Frank Capra‘s It Happened One Night.