No Time for Comedy1940
No Time for Comedy (1940)
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as Gaylord Esterbrook
as Linda Paige Esterbrook
as Amanda Swift
as Morgan Carrell
as Philo Swift
as Richard Benson
as Desk Sergeant
as Cab Driver
as Drunk Wanting Directions
as Desk Sergeant
as Swift's Butler
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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.
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.
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 Pygmalion rather than the Hollywoodesque My Fair Lady.
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 Auntie Mame, I must add her to my all-time favorite actors list.
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