No Time for Love (1943)

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Upper-class female reporter is (despite herself) attracted to hulking laborer digging a tunnel under the Hudson river.



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Complete credited cast:
Jim Ryan
Ilka Chase ...
Hoppy Grant
Roger Winant
Paul McGrath ...
Henry Fulton
Marjorie Gateson ...


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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1.37 : 1
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"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on June 19, 1944 with Claudette Colbert and Fred MacMurray reprising their film roles. See more »


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 »


Darlene: If I get mad, I'm liable to throw ya a dirty look. And where I look dirty, no grass grows. Ever.
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Musical Chairs - Sandhog Style
30 August 2011 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

No Time For Love finds Claudette Colbert as an acclaimed news photographer who draws an assignment shooting pictures of the sandhogs digging a new river tunnel. When she photographs a beefy Fred MacMurray in a fight with some fellow workers, he draws a suspension and she falls for him.

But he's not part of her world, in fact she's engaged somewhat to Paul McGrath who is the publisher of the magazine she works for. But the two of them can't seem to get enough of each other's company, even with MacMurray putting some moves on burlesque dancer June Havoc.

MacMurray and Colbert were a pretty good screen team with films ranging from the very serious Maid Of Salem to the sophisticated Gilded Lily to the rustic The Egg And I. But No Time For Love just doesn't quite measure up to those other movies. At times the story just seems silly rather than funny.

Highlight of the film is the musical chairs game played sandhog style. Let's say this is a party game these guys both take seriously and party hearty with. There's also a nice scene where Colbert hires body builder Jerome DeNuccio to pose and make MacMurray jealous and he also deals with him sandhog style. Richard Haydn also has a nice part as a friend of Colbert's who thinks she and MacMurray are really suited for each other, try as they might to fight against it.

No Time For Love is a good film, but not up to the comedy standards the leads have both separately and together.

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