Having Wonderful Time (1938)

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

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  • Douglas Fairbanks Jr. and Ginger Rogers in Having Wonderful Time (1938)
  • Douglas Fairbanks Jr. and Ginger Rogers in Having Wonderful Time (1938)
  • Douglas Fairbanks Jr. and Ginger Rogers in Having Wonderful Time (1938)
  • Douglas Fairbanks Jr. and Ginger Rogers in Having Wonderful Time (1938)
  • Douglas Fairbanks Jr. and Ginger Rogers in Having Wonderful Time (1938)
  • Ginger Rogers and Red Skelton in Having Wonderful Time (1938)

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25 March 2010 | moonspinner55
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| Very friendly...with an eager-to-please cast
Bronx stenographer leaves the typing pool for two weeks in the country at a camp for single adults (presumably the Catskills, though any ethnic division has been tidily scrubbed from the scenario). Arthur Kober adapted his own successful play for the screen, keeping the patter between the guests and the staff coming fast and loose. Ginger Rogers at first appears to be playing a lovely blonde killjoy, and the lack of humor in her snippy characterization is a bit disconcerting (although it certainly explains why she's unattached); she's even rude to law student/waiter Douglas Fairbanks Jr., who should have women fawning all over him yet curiously does not. Douglas manages to thaw Ginger out in time, however a childish fight between the two sends her to another man's cabin on Party Night. Not much of a plot--this works much better as a comedic study of character circa 1938. Ginger's mother worries her daughter will become an old maid (!), while Fairbanks seems to embody the handsome but unmotivated loaf-off. Richard (Red) Skelton plays social director, while Lucille Ball and Eve Arden are two of Rogers' cabin-mates. Breezy, innocuous fun for star-watchers. **1/2 from ****

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