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No Time for Love (1943)

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

Director:

Mitchell Leisen

Writers:

Robert Lees (story), Frederic I. Rinaldo (story) (as Fred Rinaldo) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Claudette Colbert ... Katherine Grant
Fred MacMurray ... Jim Ryan
Ilka Chase ... Hoppy Grant
Richard Haydn ... Roger Winant
Paul McGrath ... Henry Fulton
June Havoc ... Darlene
Marjorie Gateson ... Sophie
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Storyline

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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Comedy | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

January 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

No hay tiempo para amar See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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"Screen Director's Playhouse" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on May 10, 1951 with Claudette Colbert reprising her film role. 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 »

Quotes

Katherine Grant: Ryan, clean this mess out of the way.
Jim Ryan: You just told me not to touch him.
Katherine Grant: You know what I'm talking about. Now do it.
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Screwball comedy has MacMurray and Colbert floundering in mud...
15 February 2009 | by DoylenfSee 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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