No Time for Comedy (1940)

93 or 98 mins | Comedy-drama | 14 September 1940

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HISTORY

The working title of this film was Guy with a Grin . According to a news item in HR , Casey Robinson was originally assigned to write the screenplay as a vehicle for Bette Davis. A later news item in HR notes that Marlene Dietrich was to star with James ... More Less

The working title of this film was Guy with a Grin . According to a news item in HR , Casey Robinson was originally assigned to write the screenplay as a vehicle for Bette Davis. A later news item in HR notes that Marlene Dietrich was to star with James Stewart. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
4 Sep 40
p. 3.
Film Daily
9 Sep 40
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
29 Jan 40
p. 1.
Hollywood Reporter
15 Apr 40
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
27 Apr 40
pp. 6-7.
Hollywood Reporter
4 Sep 40
p. 4.
Motion Picture Daily
9 Sep 40
p. 6.
Motion Picture Herald
7 Sep 40
p. 40.
New York Times
7 Sep 40
p. 9.
Variety
11 Sep 40
p. 14.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Warner Bros.--First National Picture; Jack L. Warner in charge of production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
Assoc prod
PHOTOGRAPHY
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
COSTUMES
Gowns
MUSIC
Orch arr
SOUND
MAKEUP
Makeup
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the play No Time for Comedy by S. N. Behrman (Indianapolis, 31 Mar 1939).
AUTHOR
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Guy with a Grin
Release Date:
14 September 1940
Premiere Information:
New York opening: week of 7 September 1940
Production Date:
began late April 1940
Copyright Claimant:
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
14 September 1940
Copyright Number:
LP9912
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Victor System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
93 or 98
Length(in reels):
10
Country:
United States
PCA No:
6279
SYNOPSIS

Gaylord Esterbrook, a naive young playwright from Redfield, Minnesota, is summoned to New York by the producers of his play to do some rewrites. However, when producer Richard Benson's butler says no to the project, Benson withdraws his backing and star Linda Paige, who is attracted to the innocent young writer, rallies the cast to perform on a cooperative basis. On the night of the play's successful premiere, Linda proposes to Gay, thus inaugurating a successful personal and professional union. Four years and four comedies later, Gay is stumped for an idea for a new play when he meets Amanda Swift, the manhunting wife of successful financier Philo Swift. After Amanda convinces him that he has been wasting his talent on comedy and should be working on tragedy instead, Gay begins spending more and more time with his "inspiration" and less and less time with his wife. Finally, amidst recriminations, the Esterbrook marriage fails with a much publicized partner swap: Linda will marry Philo, while Gay marries Amanda. On the opening night of Gay's "masterpiece," however, the only tragedy in the theater is the audience's vehement reaction to the play, causing Amanda to hastily abandon her playwright. Meanwhile, Philo's contempt for Gay's naivete forces Linda to realize that she still loves the innocent from Minnesota, and the two are ... +


Gaylord Esterbrook, a naive young playwright from Redfield, Minnesota, is summoned to New York by the producers of his play to do some rewrites. However, when producer Richard Benson's butler says no to the project, Benson withdraws his backing and star Linda Paige, who is attracted to the innocent young writer, rallies the cast to perform on a cooperative basis. On the night of the play's successful premiere, Linda proposes to Gay, thus inaugurating a successful personal and professional union. Four years and four comedies later, Gay is stumped for an idea for a new play when he meets Amanda Swift, the manhunting wife of successful financier Philo Swift. After Amanda convinces him that he has been wasting his talent on comedy and should be working on tragedy instead, Gay begins spending more and more time with his "inspiration" and less and less time with his wife. Finally, amidst recriminations, the Esterbrook marriage fails with a much publicized partner swap: Linda will marry Philo, while Gay marries Amanda. On the opening night of Gay's "masterpiece," however, the only tragedy in the theater is the audience's vehement reaction to the play, causing Amanda to hastily abandon her playwright. Meanwhile, Philo's contempt for Gay's naivete forces Linda to realize that she still loves the innocent from Minnesota, and the two are reconciled. +

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Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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