In theory, this double-feature of B comedy-mysteries use the same hero. In practice, they have nothing in common—not the actors, characterizations, nor even the studio. Yet here they are, together at last, on demand from Warner Archive.
Hailing from the deepest ‘40s, Having Wonderful Crime is bright and madcap enough to get wearisome fast. We’re given to understand that put-upon Chicago attorney John J. Malone (Pat O’Brien in constant slow burn) is forever beset by two loud, laughing, bubble-headed chums who are now freshly married, Jake (George Murphy, practically delirious) and Helene Justus (Carole Landis, dressed to kill). For reasons that have something to do with having wrapped up a murder case by leaving an unconscious man in Malone’s office, they all decide to skip town (we can’t figure it either) and wind up in a honeymoon hotel (“I’m broad-minded,” says Malone) with an odd foreign gal (Lenore Aubert) and a be-sworded magician (George Zucco), and everyone runs around instead of calling the cops.