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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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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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14 September 1940 (USA)  »

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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 »

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Philo Swift: 'Gaylord Esterbrook'... seems to me I've heard or read that name someplace. What do you do?
Gaylord 'Gay' Esterbrook: I write plays.
Philo Swift: Er, yes, I have a hobby, too. What I meant was, what do you do for a living?
Gaylord 'Gay' Esterbrook: Write plays. Anything wrong?
Philo Swift: No, no; nothing, nothing. You'll pardon me, but it does seem a little trivial for a grown man.
Gaylord 'Gay' Esterbrook: Well, perhaps I'll grow out of it. What do *you* do?
Philo Swift: I'm on Wall Street.
Gaylord 'Gay' Esterbrook: Where's that?
Philo Swift: I don't know, but my chauffeur finds it every morning.
Gaylord 'Gay' Esterbrook: After you get there, what do you do?
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Spoofed in Snow Time for Comedy (1941) See more »

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When the Swallows Come Back to Capistrano
(1940) (uncredited)
Music by Leon René
Played when Gaylord meets Amanda
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Has To Be Different From the Stage Version
10 November 2006 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

James Stewart and Rosalind Russell both got loaned out from MGM to Warner Brothers for their one and only screen teaming in No Time For Comedy. This play by S.N. Behrman ran for 185 performances on Broadway during the 1938 season and starred Katherine Cornell.

It also starred Laurence Olivier which leads me to believe the stage version has GOT to be a whole lot different than what we are seeing. Usually James Stewart and Laurence Olivier were never up for the same parts so their must have been a real big rewrite to make this part playable for James Stewart.

Imagine George Bailey if for amusement in Bedford Falls he wrote plays and you've got the character of Gaylord Estabrook who Stewart plays in No Time For Comedy. The film opens with the play about to open out of town and being produced by Clarence Kolb. Kolb has second thoughts though when he meets country rube Stewart from some small town in Minnesota and backs out of the production. But star Rosalind Russell has faith in the play and she pulls together the money to have it produced. Of course she falls for Stewart and they're married.

I don't know about you, but I sure can't see the future Lord Olivier playing the part as Stewart presents it.

The rest of the film is about Russell's and Stewart's marriage and the trials they're put through. Another married couple, Charles Ruggles and Genevieve Tobin, take an interest in each of them. Ruggles does well in a very unusual role for him, a sophisticated banker with pretensions to superiority.

No Time For Comedy is decidedly a second level entry in the credits of both the leads. Fans of Stewart and Russell should like it though.


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