It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time

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It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time
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Movie cover
Directed byJohn Trent
Written byClaude Harz
David Main
John Trent
Produced byDavid Perlmutter
StarringAnthony Newley
Stefanie Powers
Isaac Hayes
Lloyd Bochner
Yvonne De Carlo
John Candy
Lawrence Dane
Music byWilliam McCauley
Distributed byGemstone Entertainment
Release date
  • September 11, 1975 (1975-09-11)
Running time
90 minutes

It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time is a Canadian comedy film, directed by John Trent and released in 1975.[1] One of John Candy's earliest films, he plays the minor role of an investigating police officer. However, for marketing/publicity reasons, Candy appears on the cover of the DVD release.


Sweeney (Anthony Newley) is a playwright on a career decline. He spends much of his time wheedling money and beer out of his artistic friend Moriarty (Isaac Hayes). One of his few highlights is weekly sex with his ex-wife Georgina (Stefanie Powers). She is remarried to a rich but vile construction developer (Henry Ramer), but Sweeney and Georgina are still in love. Sweeney's escapades end with a fake kidnapping scam. This gets the attention of two inept police officers, played by John Candy and Lawrence Dane. These two end up dressed as garbage men in the chase scene finale; everything winds up with a happy ending.[2]

Candy and Dane's characters eventually spun off their own film, Find the Lady.[3]


  1. ^ Gerald Pratley, A Century of Canadian Cinema. Lynx Images, 2003. ISBN 1-894073-21-5. p. 109.
  2. ^ Martin Knelman, "MOVIES: This one wasn't a good idea, ever". The Globe and Mail, September 11, 1975.
  3. ^ Sid Adilman, "Candy is dandy in these sweetly comic classics". Toronto Star, November 15, 1996.

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