No Time for Comedy (1940)

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Playwright Gaylord Esterbrook scores a hit with his first Broadway play, both with the critics and with leading lady Linda Paige. He and Linda are happily married until a patroness of the ... See full summary »


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  • Genevieve Tobin in No Time for Comedy (1940)
  • James Stewart and Rosalind Russell in No Time for Comedy (1940)
  • James Stewart and Rosalind Russell in No Time for Comedy (1940)
  • James Stewart and Rosalind Russell in No Time for Comedy (1940)
  • James Stewart and Rosalind Russell in No Time for Comedy (1940)

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2 July 2008 | ksf-2
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| shows within a show - mixed bag
"No Time for Comedy" starts out as cute "country bumpkin moves to the big city" story. The plot moves to its fun, middle section with clever lines and happy days. then the inevitable, serious life situations. some good laughs in the middle, mostly at the expense of Clementine, the maid, played by Louise Beavers. Ros Russell does a great job as the starlet Linda Paige, who marries the author (Jimmy Stewart) of the play she saves. Charlie Ruggles does a fine job as the understanding husband of "the other woman". Also a very patient, understanding take on when one's spouse starts to look at others, especially for this period of time in film-making. Whenever Genevieve Tobin spoke, she sounded just like Billie Burke. Tobin ALSO married her director Keighley, and seems to have left the biz after this film. Note it did not win, or even get nominated for any awards, in spite of the big names in it. not sure if that's because its too many different things, or maybe the subject matter couldn't be rewarded in those times. It must have done OK in the theater, since it was re-released again later with a new title.

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