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No Time for Comedy (1940)

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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 ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Gaylord Esterbrook
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Linda Esterbrook
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Philo Swift (as Charlie Ruggles)
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Amanda Swift
Louise Beavers ...
Clementine
Allyn Joslyn ...
Morgan Carrell
Clarence Kolb ...
Richard Benson
Robert Greig ...
Robert
J.M. Kerrigan ...
Jim
Lawrence Grossmith ...
Frank (as Lawrence Grosmith)
Robert Emmett O'Connor ...
Desk Sergeant
Herbert Heywood ...
Joe - Doorman
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Cab Driver
James Burke ...
Police Sergeant
Edgar Dearing ...
Sweeny
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Storyline

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)  »

Also Known As:

Guy with a Grin  »

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Trivia

The original play by S.N. Behrman opened in Indianapolis, Indiana, on 31 March 1939. 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

Philo Swift: [about Linda making Mandy cry] You needn't feel so proud, I make her cry all the time. It usually ends up with me giving her a check.
Linda Paige Esterbrook: I didn't give her a check, I think I just gave her my husband.
Philo Swift: In my office we'd list that transaction as petty cash.
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Spoofed in Snow Time for Comedy (1941) See more »

Soundtracks

The Wedding March
(1843) (uncredited)
from "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
Music by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Played after the wedding
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shows within a show - mixed bag
2 July 2008 | by (southwest US) – See all my reviews

"No Time for Comedy" starts out as cute "country bumpkin moves to the big city" story. The plot moves to its fun, middle section with clever lines and happy days. then the inevitable, serious life situations. some good laughs in the middle, mostly at the expense of Clementine, the maid, played by Louise Beavers. Ros Russell does a great job as the starlet Linda Paige, who marries the author (Jimmy Stewart) of the play she saves. Charlie Ruggles does a fine job as the understanding husband of "the other woman". Also a very patient, understanding take on when one's spouse starts to look at others, especially for this period of time in film-making. Whenever Genevieve Tobin spoke, she sounded just like Billie Burke. Tobin ALSO married her director Keighley, and seems to have left the biz after this film. Note it did not win, or even get nominated for any awards, in spite of the big names in it. not sure if that's because its too many different things, or maybe the subject matter couldn't be rewarded in those times. It must have done OK in the theater, since it was re-released again later with a new title.


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