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No Time for Comedy (1940)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 14 September 1940 (USA)
Playwright Gaylord Esterbrook scores a hit with his first Broadway play, both with the critics and with leading lady Linda Paige. He and Linda are happily married until a patroness of the ... See full summary »

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Linda Paige Esterbrook
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Amanda Swift
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Philo Swift (as Charlie Ruggles)
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Morgan Carrell
Clarence Kolb ...
Richard Benson
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Clementine
J.M. Kerrigan ...
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Lawrence Grossmith ...
Frank (as Lawrence Grosmith)
Robert Greig ...
Robert
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Playwright Gaylord Esterbrook scores a hit with his first Broadway play, both with the critics and with leading lady Linda Paige. He and Linda are happily married until a patroness of the arts convinces Esterbrook to forget about comedy and concentrate on writing a tragedy. The end result nearly destroys his career and his marriage. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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A country boy takes over Broadway . . . until he gets into heart-trouble! See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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The original New York production starred Katherine Cornell as Linda and Lawrence Olivier as Gaylord Estabrook. See more »

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At one point in the movie, Gaylord is at his home and discovers Amanda Swift's phone number is written down on a phone list in his wife's handwriting. His wife, Linda, had just left with Morgan Carrell for dinner at the Swift's home. Then the scene shifts to Amanda Swift's home and Gaylord is there. See more »

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Gaylord 'Gay' Esterbrook: [after spending the night after the play on a park bench] Hey, you don't look bad for a girl who's just getting up in the morning!
Linda Paige Esterbrook: For a man who's been up all night you look great!
Gaylord 'Gay' Esterbrook: Don't get the idea that I'm an authority on girls getting up in the morning.
Linda Paige Esterbrook: Well, I'm not the last word on men staying up all night either.
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Referenced in Breakdowns of 1941 (1941) See more »

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When the Swallows Come Back to Capistrano
(1940) (uncredited)
Music by Leon René
Played when Gaylord meets Amanda
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A Forgotten Gem
4 June 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

No Time For Comedy is one of those glittering baubles about the theatre of the 1930s. Originally staged in New York for Katherine Cornell and featuring a callow young Laurence Olivier as her earnest playwright husband who drinks too much because he's convinced he's wasting his talent writing comedy when the world is such a wretched place, it was reworked for Jimmy Stewart and Rosalind Russell, and for me the movie plays as well if not better than the play.

I was familiar with S.N. Behrman's elegant script and as I saw the film I was a bit confused. A whole new act had been added at the beginning to define the playwright as an awkward kid from Minnesota, swimming with sharks for the first time as his play is produced in New York. Jimmy Stewart was at his best, transitioning from a stammering yahoo to a gentleman drunk, and rising to the occasion to hammer out what he hopes will be a masterpiece with the help of a conniving female (Genevieve Tobin). Rosalind Russell is up to the role of the glamorous actress, the foil for the insecure playwright on the way up (and down), and Charlie Ruggles is wise and sophisticated and totally believable as the husband of the conniver and later suitor to the actress. Tobin is quite adroit, playing the conniver as a Billie Burke-type, although not quite pretty enough to convince me Stewart would leave Russell for her.

It's a very satisfying film if you like the genre, and it's always a pleasure to see Jimmy Stewart so at home in a "stagey" piece.


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