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No Time for Love (1943)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | January 1943 (USA)
Upper-class female reporter is (despite herself) attracted to hulking laborer digging a tunnel under the Hudson river.

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Sandhog Jim Ryan is suspended from his job helping to dig a tunnel beneath a river because of an incident while being photographed for a story by Katherine Grant. Feeling responsible, Katherine hires Ryan to assist her during his suspension. She is elegant and sophisticated, while he is outspoken and down-to-earth. This combination leads to conflicts, and ultimately romance. Written by Ron Kerrigan

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One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. This film was initially telecast in St. Louis Monday 5 January 1959 serving to launch the MCA/Paramount Film Library on KMOX (Channel 4). It was first broadcast in Johnstown 2 December 1959 on WJAC (Channel 6), in Phoenix 12 December 1959 on KVAR (Channel 12), in San Francisco 19 December 1959 on KPIX (Channel 5), in Philadelphia 9 April 1960 on WCAU (Channel 10), in Los Angeles 9 January 1961 on KNXT (Channel 2), in Chicago 12 May 1961 on WBBM (Channel 2), and, finally, in New York City 13 January 1962 on WCBS (Channel 2). It was released on DVD 23 November 2009 as one of the six titles in Universal's Claudette Colbert Collection and again on DVD 25 March 2013 as part of the Universal Vault Series; today's Cable Television Viewers also get an occasional look at it on Turner Classic Movies. See more »

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When the strongman catches the barbell and falls down, a mat is clearly visible for him to fall on. The mat disappears in the next shot. See more »

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Hoppy Grant: [answering the door] Doorbells should ring once and then electrocute the ringer.
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Screwball comedy has MacMurray and Colbert floundering in mud...
15 February 2009 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

Physical comedy of the kind we call screwball is evident throughout NO TIME FOR LOVE where Claudette Colbert and Fred MacMurray play a couple from opposite social circles. She's a magazine photographer, he's a sandhog working in a tunnel beneath the Hudson River. She's attracted to him at first sight but doesn't seem to know it--and we know he's going to fall for her after a bunch of mishaps happen.

The mishaps are piled one on top of another in typical screwball fashion with nobody making much sense. Certainly MacMurray's character is about as obnoxious and arrogant as any leading man Colbert was ever set up against, and she acts pretty irresponsibly in that tunnel where she gets up to her neck in trouble and mud--lots of mud.

But somehow, it's all very watchable with a cast that knows exactly how to play this sort of thing. Claude Binyon had a way with writing slight romantic comedies and he gives Colbert and MacMurray some bright lines to work with. Others fortunate enough to get some good moments are Richard Haydn, Ilka Chase, June Havoc and Rod Cameron. If you look closely you can spot Tom Neal in the background as one of the sandhogs.

It doesn't make a lot of sense when you stop to think about it, but it's fun while it lasts, thanks mainly to MacMurray and Colbert who can do this kind of romp effortlessly.

Funniest bit: As MacMurray exits in final scene carrying Colbert like a caveman over his back, Richard Haydn says: "I'll drop by for supper tomorrow night." "Not tomorrow night," says Colbert. Wink. Wink.


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