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No Time for Comedy (1940)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  14 September 1940 (USA)
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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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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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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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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 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

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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What are Jimmy Stewart and Roz Russell doing at Warner Brothers...
28 January 2002 | by See all my reviews

...and why doesn't Warner Brothers know what to do with them? This feeble adaptation of a Broadway hit is comedy-drama of the clumsiest kind, veering uncertainly and arbitrarily between one genre or the other with no grace or logic. Nor are the stars well used: Despite his natural charm, Stewart can't hide the fact that his character is basically a lush and a spoiled child. Russell keeps doing irritating Greer Garson great-lady things, pointing her nose and clipping her diction and suffering with a noble smile. Louise Beavers, another trouper, is made to do demeaning dumb-maid stuff. Then there's that noisy Warner Brothers music, telling us exactly how to feel every damn minute.

One grace note: Charles Ruggles and Genevieve Tobin, who were paired so well in "One Hour with You" nearly a decade earlier, are coincidentally back in similar parts. He's as dry a light comedian as you could ask; she makes much out of little. But the movie keeps yelling how charming it's being, and trying to pass off boilerplate dialogue as repartee. 'Tain't funny, and it's not convincing as drama, either.


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