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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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Complete credited cast:
Linda Paige Esterbrook
Amanda Swift
Philo Swift (as Charlie Ruggles)
Morgan Carrell
Clarence Kolb ...
Richard Benson
J.M. Kerrigan ...
Lawrence Grossmith ...
Frank (as Lawrence Grosmith)
Robert Greig ...
Cab Driver
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bonnie Gaye Cowen


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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Release Date:

14 September 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Guy with a Grin  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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The original New York production starred Katherine Cornell as Linda and Lawrence Olivier as Gaylord Estabrook. See more »


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 »


Clementine, Actress in Show: [on phone looking for Mr. Esterbrook] Hello, Luxury Turkish Bath? Connect me to the department for taking care of gentlemen on the loose. Line's busy? I'll wait.
[door bell rings and she goes to let in Mr. Swift]
Clementine, Actress in Show: Has Mr. Easterbrook been there today? No? Well, if he should be carried in, ask him to call his apartment - if he can talk.
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Referenced in Breakdowns of 1941 (1941) See more »


Devil May Care
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Music by Harry Warren
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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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