No Time for Comedy


No Time for Comedy

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S.N. Behrman's hit Broadway show about a guy who writes hit Broadway shows comes to the screen in this comedy. Gaylord Esterbrook (James Stewart) is a reporter from Minnesota who writes a play about life in New York City -- a place he's never visited. To his surprise, a Big Apple producer wants to stage Gaylord's show and asks him to come to New York immediately. While Gaylord hardly seems like a Big City sophisticate, his regular-guy charm makes a big impression on leading lady Linda (Rosalind Russell), who is tired of jaded braggarts like her director, Morgan (Allyn Joslyn). Gaylord and Linda get married, and he becomes one of the most successful playwrights in town, but his new popularity goes to his head, and Linda wonders what happened to the man she married. However, Gaylord's career takes a turn for the worse when he meets Amanda (Genevieve Tobin), a snooty high society type who convinces him that he ought to be writing the Great American Tragedy instead of crowd-pleasing comedies.


James Stewart
as Gaylord Esterbrook
Rosalind Russell
as Linda Paige Esterbrook
Genevieve Tobin
as Amanda Swift
Allyn Joslyn
as Morgan Carrell
Charlie Ruggles
as Philo Swift
Louise Beavers
as Clementine
Clarence Kolb
as Richard Benson
Frank Faylen
as Cab Driver
James Burke
as Sergeant
Arthur Housman
as Drunk Wanting Directions
Pierre Watkin
as Theatergoer
Nella Walker
as Theatergoer
Selmar Jackson
as First-Nighter
Robert E. O'Connor
as Desk Sergeant
Olaf Hytten
as Swift's Butler
John Ridgely
as Cashier
Selmer Jackson
as First-Nighter
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  • May 01, 2010
    Jaunty comedy-drama with the two stars well matched. They receive excellent support from every one else in the cast but Louise Beavers stands out as their sassy maid Clementine. Some of the attitudes are dated particularly in respect to alcohol consumption but putting that into the perspective of the time this is a great way to spend a couple of hours.
    jay n Super Reviewer
  • Jan 16, 2010
    This is a solid movie about a new playwright that makes a hit comedy. All the while he falls in love with the main star. Hits follow and a marriage. But he feels it is time to make a serious play. But will people accept it is the question. Part comedy and part drama this was a solid film. James Stewart was great in his role. He helped make this a much better movie. His co star Rosalind Russell is also quite good in this. This was not one of James Stewart better films but it was still a solid watch. It was funny to see so many people just smoking in almost every scene. The film is a bit dated but is still worth watching. For any fan of James Stewart should check this out for his performance.
    Corey n Super Reviewer
  • Jul 05, 2008
    Rosalind Russell knocks me out. I couldn't keep my eyes off of her in this comedy turning to near tragedy. Except for the sudden happy ending, this is a perfect example of how pure comedy can be transformed to near tragedy in a brilliant manipulation of the script and the audience. It's as if this movie has an absolute split personality. <p>Depending on what mood you're in when you watch it, you may very much appreciate the abrupt about face at the end: Jimmy Stewart and Russell managing to snatch happiness from the jaws of despair. If I'd had a chance to go over the script, however, I'd have left them separated, in the tradition more of Shaw's <i>Pygmalion</i> rather than the Hollywoodesque <i>My Fair Lady</i>. <p> This one is a joy for any Stewart fans and pure pleasure for Russell fans. Like Irene Dunne, she is one of the smartest actresses ever to grace the silver screen. For this one, and for classic favorites such as <i>Auntie Mame,</i> I must add her to my all-time favorite actors list.
    Lanning : Super Reviewer

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