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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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January 1943 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

No hay tiempo para amar  »

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1.37 : 1
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Director Leisen tried to avoid using real mud in the sandhog sequences relying instead on a mixture of sawdust and water, which had to be put through cement mixers. 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 »


Katherine Grant: Oh, you---you coward! Kissing a woman!
Jim Ryan: What am I supposed to kiss?
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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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