No Time For Comedy

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"A country boy takes over Broadway . . . until he gets into heart-trouble!"
  • Approved
  • 1940
  • 1 hr 33 min
  • 6.2  (1,184)

In the movie No Time For Comedy, James Stewart portrays the role of Gaylord Esterbrook, a successful playwright who has just achieved his first big hit on Broadway. He's married to actress Linda Paige, played by Rosalind Russell, and they both enjoy a luxurious lifestyle with all the trappings of their success. Despite the acclaim that his new play receives, Gay finds himself feeling unfulfilled and yearning for something more. He longs to write a serious drama, but his agent and mentor, Philo Swift (played by Charles Ruggles), advises him to stick to what he knows best – comedy.

Gay soon finds himself drawn to Amanda Swift, Philo's daughter, played by Genevieve Tobin. Amanda is a respected drama critic who is highly critical of Gay's work, but she's also highly intelligent and deeply passionate about the theater.

As the two of them start to spend more time together, Gay begins to question his own priorities and the type of work that he wants to create. He realizes that he's tired of writing frivolous plays that cater to the whims of his audience, and he wants to create something truly meaningful and important.

Meanwhile, Linda becomes increasingly frustrated with Gay's lack of attention and his pursuit of Amanda. She starts to question whether their marriage is truly happy, and whether they're truly meant to be together.

Throughout the movie, we see Gay struggling to reconcile his desire to create something meaningful with the financial pressures of the theater industry. He's torn between the need to make money and the desire to follow his artistic instincts, and he struggles to find a way to strike a balance between the two.

The tension between Gay and Linda also comes to a head, as they both begin to question their marriage and what they truly want out of life. Ultimately, they both come to a realization about what's truly important to them, but their realization comes at a great personal cost.

No Time For Comedy is a poignant exploration of the conflicts that arise when artistic ambition clashes with commercial success. It's a movie that asks important questions about what it means to create something truly great, and what sacrifices we're willing to make in order to achieve our dreams. James Stewart, Rosalind Russell, and Genevieve Tobin all deliver powerful performances that bring their characters to life and make us care deeply about their struggles and triumphs. This is a must-see movie for anyone who loves the theater, as well as anyone who has ever struggled to find a balance between their artistic vision and the demands of the real world.

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    6.2  (1,184)