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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Complete credited cast:
Linda Paige Esterbrook
Amanda Swift
Philo Swift (as Charlie Ruggles)
Morgan Carrell
Clarence Kolb ...
Richard Benson
Louise Beavers ...
J.M. Kerrigan ...
Lawrence Grossmith ...
Frank (as Lawrence Grosmith)
Robert Greig ...
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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 <>

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


Comedy | Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

14 September 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Guy with a Grin  »

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(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


Gaylord 'Gay' Esterbrook: [speaking to his wife Linda] Well, now, just what's behind that dark innuendo?
Clementine, Actress in Show: Aint nothing behind me, boss.
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Referenced in Breakdowns of 1941 (1941) See more »


Bridal Chorus
(1850) (uncredited)
from "Lohengrin"
Music by Richard Wagner
Played after the wedding
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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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