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Having Wonderful Time (1938)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 1 July 1938 (USA)
Ginger Rogers, a bored New York office girl, goes to a camp in the Catskill Mountains for rest and finds Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.

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Chick Kirkland
Peggy Conklin ...
Fay Coleman
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Miriam
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Buzzy Armbruster
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Henrietta
Dorothea Kent ...
Maxine
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Itchy (as Richard 'Red' Skelton)
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P.U. Rogers
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Emil Beatty
Clarence Wilson ...
Mr. G (as Clarence H. Wilson)
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Maxwell Pingwell aka Mac
Grady Sutton ...
Gus
Shimen Ruskin ...
Shrimpo
Dorothy Tree ...
Frances
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Ginger Rogers, an overworked New York office girl, seeks 2 weeks of rest and relaxation at a camp in the Catskills. She is definitely not a happy camper because of the crowded and noisy conditions. She tries her best to fit in and, after an initial dislike, falls for college educated Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., a waiter at the camp. Ginger becomes suspicious of his motives, however, and he becomes alarmed when she spends an innocent night in the cabin of a rival suitor. All ends happily, however, as their love proves true enough and trust triumphs over suspicions. Written by Jim Corrigan

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Having a Wonderful Time  »

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Trivia

Red Skelton's first film. See more »

Goofs

When Teddy states the line "But I've always wanted to" on the Bronx Express in talking to her friend Francis, the movement of Teddy's mouth does not match the word "wanted". See more »

Quotes

Camp Waiter: It's a vicious circle. Waiter by day. Gigolo by night. Well, I'm truckin'.
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Referenced in The Mad Miss Manton (1938) See more »

Soundtracks

My First Impression of You
(1938)
Music by Sam H. Stept
Lyrics by Charles Tobias
Sung by Betty Jane Rhodes (uncredited) at the dance
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Limp comedy lacks whatever luster it had as a Broadway play...
9 November 2006 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

If the pleasure of watching GINGER ROGERS, DOUGLAS FAIRBANKS, JR. and LEE BOWMAN in their prime is enough for you, you won't mind watching this feeble little comedy about a vacationing girl in a typical girl meets boy, girl loses boy, girl wins boy kind of affair.

And whatever laughs come along are few and far between, as someone else suggested, and the gags aren't fresh enough to sustain much interest. The backgammon scene becomes a bore, as does the party scene with "Heigh Ho" being sung non-stop in inebriated fashion.

Strictly a small time trifle, hardly worth bothering about. No one is seen to their advantage except for the three photogenic leads in a cast that includes EVE ARDEN (wasted), LUCILLE BALL (wasted), JACK Carson (wasted), DONALD COOK and GRADY SUTTON, with an interesting debut of comedian RED SKELTON, billed as Richard (Red) Skelton) who demonstrates his skill with a series of pratfalls. He does more with his small role than anyone else is able to muster.

The original play was a satire about Jewish vacationers in the Catskills but was revamped as a vehicle for Ginger Rogers with all the Jewish jokes removed. What's left is a weak comedy with nowhere to go.

Summing up: The title is a misnomer. It's hardly worth anyone's time but it's pleasing to note that LEE BOWMAN's reaction shots reveal a flair for comedy never fully realized throughout his film career.


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