Having Wonderful Crime

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"IT'S A MURDER SPREE...with a chuckle in very shiver and a laugh in every shudder!"
  • Passed
  • 1945
  • 1 hr 10 min
  • 6.0  (593)

Having Wonderful Crime is a 1945 comedy-mystery film directed by A. Edward Sutherland and starring Pat O'Brien, George Murphy, and Carole Landis. The movie is based on a novel of the same name by Craig Rice, considered as one of the top mystery writers of the mid-twentieth century. The film follows the story of two bumbling detectives who try to solve a murder case involving a wealthy woman and her suspicious family.

Pat O'Brien plays the role of J.J. Malone, a private investigator who is always in trouble with the law. His partner is a former cop named Jake Justus, played by George Murphy. The two are hired by a wealthy woman named Harriet Conover, played by Carole Landis, to investigate the sudden disappearance of her uncle, a rich financier named Andrew Crawford. Harriet believes that her uncle, who was planning to change his will, may have been murdered by one of her greedy relatives to protect their inheritance.

J.J. and Jake soon find themselves in the middle of a family feud, where everyone has a motive to kill Andrew Crawford. The suspects include Harriet's aunt, who runs a charity for wayward girls, her cousin, who is a struggling playwright, and her uncle's business partner, who wants to take over the company. As the detectives get closer to finding the killer, they stumble upon a web of lies, deception, and hidden agendas that makes the case more complicated than they anticipated.

The movie is filled with witty one-liners, slapstick humor, and quirky characters that keep the audience entertained throughout. Pat O'Brien and George Murphy deliver a hilarious performance as the two detectives who are always one step behind the killer. Their chemistry and banter make the movie a joy to watch, and their physical comedy adds to the humor.

Carole Landis is stunning as the femme fatale who hires the detectives. She brings a touch of glamour and mystery to the movie, and her chemistry with the male leads adds to the comedic aspect of the film. The supporting cast also delivers a solid performance, with standout performances from Lenore Aubert, as the eccentric aunt, and Richard Lane, as the bumbling police officer.

The movie's plot twists and turns keep the viewer guessing until the very end, and the reveal of the killer is unexpected and satisfying. Having Wonderful Crime is a classic whodunit that will keep you entertained from start to finish. The film's pacing is spot-on, and the comedy and mystery elements are well balanced, making it an enjoyable watch for all audiences.

In conclusion, Having Wonderful Crime is a must-watch for fans of classic mystery-comedies. The movie's witty dialogue, slapstick humor, and talented cast make it a gem of the genre. It's a perfect movie to curl up with on a lazy afternoon or to share with friends and family.

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    6.0  (593)