Having Wonderful Time (1938)

70-71 mins | Comedy | 1 July 1938

Director:

Alfred Santell

Writer:

Arthur Kober

Cinematographer:

Robert de Grasse

Production Designer:

Van Nest Polglase

Production Company:

RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

According to reviews, Arthur Kober changed the setting and the ethnicity of his characters when he adapted his stage play for the screen. In the play, the characters were Jewish and the resort was in the Catskill Mountains. According to a HR news item, scenes for the film were shot in the San Bernardino Mountains in Southern California. Having Wonderful Time marked the feature film debut of actor-comedian Red Skelton. Although Ann Miller is credited in reviews in the role of "Vivian," that part was cut from the picture. MPH 's "In the Cutting Room" adds Dorothy Moore to the cast, while HR production charts add Margaret McWade. Their appearance in the final film has not been confirmed.Modern sources add to the cast: Betty Jane Rhodes ( Singer ), George Meeker and Ronnie Rondell ( Subway mashers ), Elise Cavanna ( Office supervisor ), Mary Bovard, Frances Gifford, Peggy Montgomery, Baby Marie Osborne, Mary Jane Irving, Wesley Barry, Stanley Brown, Kay Sutton, Dorothy Day, Lynn Bailey, Tommy Watkins, Cynthia Hobard Fellows, Steve Putnam, William Corson, Bob Thatcher, Ben Carter, Russell Gleason, Florence Lake and Vera Gordon. In addition, modern sources credit Mel Berns with make-up and John Miehle with still ... More Less

According to reviews, Arthur Kober changed the setting and the ethnicity of his characters when he adapted his stage play for the screen. In the play, the characters were Jewish and the resort was in the Catskill Mountains. According to a HR news item, scenes for the film were shot in the San Bernardino Mountains in Southern California. Having Wonderful Time marked the feature film debut of actor-comedian Red Skelton. Although Ann Miller is credited in reviews in the role of "Vivian," that part was cut from the picture. MPH 's "In the Cutting Room" adds Dorothy Moore to the cast, while HR production charts add Margaret McWade. Their appearance in the final film has not been confirmed.Modern sources add to the cast: Betty Jane Rhodes ( Singer ), George Meeker and Ronnie Rondell ( Subway mashers ), Elise Cavanna ( Office supervisor ), Mary Bovard, Frances Gifford, Peggy Montgomery, Baby Marie Osborne, Mary Jane Irving, Wesley Barry, Stanley Brown, Kay Sutton, Dorothy Day, Lynn Bailey, Tommy Watkins, Cynthia Hobard Fellows, Steve Putnam, William Corson, Bob Thatcher, Ben Carter, Russell Gleason, Florence Lake and Vera Gordon. In addition, modern sources credit Mel Berns with make-up and John Miehle with still photography. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
11 Jun 38
p. 3.
Film Daily
30 Jun 38
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
25 Sep 37
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
21 Oct 37
p. 11.
Hollywood Reporter
30 Nov 37
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
11 Jun 38
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
14 Jun 38
p. 9.
Motion Picture Herald
9 Oct 37
p. 52.
Motion Picture Herald
18 Jun 38
p. 38.
New York Times
8 Jul 38
p. 11.
Variety
15 Jun 38
p. 14.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
Pandro S. Berman in charge of production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
WRITERS
Contr to dial and spec seq
Contr to dial and scr const
PHOTOGRAPHY
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir assoc
FILM EDITOR
SET DECORATOR
Set dresser
COSTUMES
Gowns
MUSIC
Mus dir
SOUND
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
PRODUCTION MISC
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the play Having Wonderful Time by Arthur Kober, as produced by Marc Connelly (New York, 2 Feb 1937).
SONGS
"My First Impression of You" and "Nighty Night," music by Sam H. Stept, lyrics by Charles Tobias.
DETAILS
Release Date:
1 July 1938
Production Date:
24 September--29 November 1937
Copyright Claimant:
RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
1 July 1938
Copyright Number:
LP8215
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Victor System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
70-71
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
3755
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Teddy Shaw works as a typist for a large, indifferent firm, but imagines herself as a sophisticated, well-read woman of the world. Single and still living at home, Teddy welcomes the chance to vacation at the mountain resort, Camp Kare-Free. Upon arriving at the camp, she meets Chick Kirkland, a handsome camp employee who accidentally drops her luggage and incurs her defensive wrath. After Itchy, the social director, gives a demonstration in the art of dunking doughnuts, Teddy finds herself suddenly defending Chick's honesty to his mess hall employer. Although Chick loses his waiter job, he pursues Teddy and eventually breaks through her snobbish exterior. Deeply in love, Chick talks of marriage but tells Teddy he will marry her only when he has a good job. After Chick suggests that, in the meantime, they indulge in pre-marital sex, Teddy runs from him and into the arms of Maxwell "Buzzy" Pangwell, a notorious womanizer. Buzzy takes a rain-soaked Teddy to his cabin and tries to seduce her, but she proposes that they play backgammon instead. Intent on making Chick jealous, Teddy spends the night at Buzzy's cabin playing backgammon by herself. The next morning, Emil Beatty, Teddy's faithful but dull admirer, arrives to drive her home. Sure of her faithfulness, Chick knocks out both Emil and Buzzy, chases after Teddy, and ... +


Teddy Shaw works as a typist for a large, indifferent firm, but imagines herself as a sophisticated, well-read woman of the world. Single and still living at home, Teddy welcomes the chance to vacation at the mountain resort, Camp Kare-Free. Upon arriving at the camp, she meets Chick Kirkland, a handsome camp employee who accidentally drops her luggage and incurs her defensive wrath. After Itchy, the social director, gives a demonstration in the art of dunking doughnuts, Teddy finds herself suddenly defending Chick's honesty to his mess hall employer. Although Chick loses his waiter job, he pursues Teddy and eventually breaks through her snobbish exterior. Deeply in love, Chick talks of marriage but tells Teddy he will marry her only when he has a good job. After Chick suggests that, in the meantime, they indulge in pre-marital sex, Teddy runs from him and into the arms of Maxwell "Buzzy" Pangwell, a notorious womanizer. Buzzy takes a rain-soaked Teddy to his cabin and tries to seduce her, but she proposes that they play backgammon instead. Intent on making Chick jealous, Teddy spends the night at Buzzy's cabin playing backgammon by herself. The next morning, Emil Beatty, Teddy's faithful but dull admirer, arrives to drive her home. Sure of her faithfulness, Chick knocks out both Emil and Buzzy, chases after Teddy, and proposes. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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