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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
Louise Beavers ...
Clementine
J.M. Kerrigan ...
Jim
Lawrence Grossmith ...
Frank (as Lawrence Grosmith)
Robert Greig ...
Robert
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Cab Driver
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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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14 September 1940 (USA)  »

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Guy with a Grin  »

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Trivia

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

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Linda Paige Esterbrook: [Crying] I don't want to lose him!
[Gaylord]
Philo Swift: Well, I don't want to lose Amanda either, but for a totally different reason. I don't want to have my tombstone cluttered up with the names of my formally beloved wives - it leaves no room for the more important data.
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Referenced in Breakdowns of 1941 (1941) See more »

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Symphony No. 4 in E Minor, Opus 98: 1st movement
(1885) (uncredited)
Music by Johannes Brahms
Played on a phonograph at Amanda's house
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The title is meant to be taken literally
9 August 2014 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

This is a real disappointment. A comedy that isn't the least bit funny, despite the good cast. James Stewart play a playwright from a small Midwestern town that writes a successful Broadway comedy. He falls in love with Rosalind Russell, the leading lady from his play, and the two marry. But success goes to his head and he lets a rich guy's wife convince him that he is wasting his time writing comedies and he should try his hand at a tragedy. The movie was on life support by this point but after this it's all over. The characters do things that defy reason. I just didn't care a whit what happened to anybody, especially Stewart. Another thing I hated was Allyn Joslyn's smug character. He annoyed the heck out of me. A real chore to sit through. Jimmy and Roz deserved better.


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