Teddy Shaw, a bored New York office girl, goes to a camp in the Catskill Mountains for rest and finds Chick Kirkland.


Alfred Santell


Arthur Kober (stage play: New York), Arthur Kober (screen play)





Cast overview, first billed only:
Ginger Rogers ... Teddy Shaw
Douglas Fairbanks Jr. ... Chick Kirkland
Peggy Conklin ... Fay Coleman
Lucille Ball ... Miriam
Lee Bowman ... Buzzy Armbruster
Eve Arden ... Henrietta
Dorothea Kent ... Maxine
Red Skelton ... Itchy (as Richard 'Red' Skelton)
Donald Meek ... P.U. Rogers
Jack Carson ... Emil Beatty
Clarence Wilson ... Mr. G (as Clarence H. Wilson)
Allan Lane ... Maxwell Pingwell aka Mac
Grady Sutton ... Gus
Shimen Ruskin ... Shrimpo
Dorothy Tree ... Frances


Ginger Rogers, an overworked New York office girl, seeks 2 weeks of rest and relaxation at a camp in the Catskills. She is definitely not a happy camper because of the crowded and noisy conditions. She tries her best to fit in and, after an initial dislike, falls for college educated Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., a waiter at the camp. Ginger becomes suspicious of his motives, however, and he becomes alarmed when she spends an innocent night in the cabin of a rival suitor. All ends happily, however, as their love proves true enough and trust triumphs over suspicions. Written by Jim Corrigan

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Comedy | Romance


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The Broadway production of "Having Wonderful Time" opened at the Lyceum Theater in New York City on 20 February 1937 and ran for 372 performances. See more »


In the final dining room scene, Teddy refers to Emil multiple times as EE-mul, but Emil refers to himself as AY-mul. Both are accepted pronunciations of the name (though neither is consistent with its feminine counterpart, Emily), but a single pronunciation should have been agreed on for the film. See more »


Mrs. Shaw: I'll go and make you some lettuce and tomato sandwiches.
Teddy Shaw: Oh, never mind, Mom, it's only a few hours away. Gosh, you'd think I was going to Europe or something.
Mrs. Shaw: You better take some heavy nighties, it gets pretty cold in the mountains.
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Referenced in The Mad Miss Manton (1938) See more »


Nighty Night
Music by Sam H. Stept
Lyrics by Charles Tobias
Sung by Betty Jane Rhodes (uncredited) at the dance
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Well, the audience isn't having a wonderful time...
12 September 2020 | by guswhovianSee all my reviews

Poor city girl Teddy Shaw (Ginger Rogers) is desperate to leave New York City and go on vacation in the Catskills. However, her vacation proves more troublesome than she thought, as she falls in love with waiter Chick Kirkland (Douglas Fairbanks Jr).

Terribly dull comedy from RKO; I've never seen a better cast wasted in such a turgid film. Red Skelton makes his film debut doing two unfunny comedy sequences, while Douglas Fairbanks Jr, Eve Arden and Lucille Ball are wasted in their roles. Ginger does her best, while Jack Carson plays the secondary love interest yet again. There's a couple of good comedy scenes, mainly involving Lee Bowman.

And who though Douglas Fairbanks Jr looked like a waiter?

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English | French

Release Date:

1 July 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Having Wonderful Time See more »


Box Office


$966,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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