Having Wonderful Time

Having Wonderful Time

Director: Alfred Santell, Ginger Rogers, Peggy Conklin, Lucille Ball

Cast: Alfred Santell, Ginger Rogers, Peggy Conklin, Lucille Ball

     
 
Based upon Arthur Kober's play (which was subsequently musicalized onstage as Wish You Were Here, Having Wonderful Time stars Ginger Rogers as Teddy Shaw, a typist who goes to a summer camp for a little rest and relaxation. She's also getting away from Emil (Jack Carson), whose interest in Teddy is no longer returned. Arriving at Camp Kare-Free, she's

Overview

Based upon Arthur Kober's play (which was subsequently musicalized onstage as Wish You Were Here, Having Wonderful Time stars Ginger Rogers as Teddy Shaw, a typist who goes to a summer camp for a little rest and relaxation. She's also getting away from Emil (Jack Carson), whose interest in Teddy is no longer returned. Arriving at Camp Kare-Free, she's offered a ride by Chick (Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.), who works at the camp as a waiter. Unfortunately, they get off to a bumpy start when Chick spills her suitcase and an argument ensues. Once at camp, she makes friends with Fay (Peggy Conklin), Miriam (Lucille Ball) and Henrietta(Eve Arden). Chick apologizes to Teddy, and over the next six days their relationship blossoms, concurrently with that of Miriam and another guest, Buzzy. However, when Chick makes an improper advance during her last night at the camp, Teddy gets angry and leaves him. She dances with Buzzy to make Chick jealous and makes sure she is seen entering Buzzy's cabin. She takes steps to see that nothing happens and leaves unscathed the next morning, but not before causing trouble between Buzzy and Miriam. Emil has arrived and plans to bring her home after breakfast. While they are eating, Emil proposes to Teddy. Both Chick and Miriam overhear this proposal, after which Miriam loudly comments that Teddy stayed overnight with Buzzy. In the ensuing confusion, Chick decks both Buzzy and Emil, and offers his own proposal to Teddy ' which she happily accepts.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Having Wonderful Time is far from a wonderful movie, but its cast makes it moderately entertaining. Arthur Kober's play has not made the transition from stage to screen with the greatest of ease; while much of the dialogue and many of the situations remain essentially unchanged, the flavor has gone out of the piece. The play is all about the world of the Catskills in the 1930s, with a sharpness and vitality that is unique to the time and the place. The movie is indistinct and flavorless (despite the use of a few "regional" accents), as well as somewhat sanitized. This makes a significant difference, for the play itself is nothing more than a little bauble, and its specificity is what made it work onstage. Fortunately, Time has a fine cast. They are not necessarily shown off to their best advantage, but they handle themselves well. Ginger Rogers has all the self-assurance necessary for Teddy, as well as just the right hint of vulnerability, and Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. does quite well as the man who comes to realize he wants more than just a few nights with her. Eve Arden and Lucille Ball are given far too little to do, but add a little zest to the proceedings whenever they're around, and Lee Bowman and Jack Carson do what is required of them and a little more. In his debut, Red Skelton steals a number of scenes. Fans of the cast should have a decent, if not a wonderful, time.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/20/2009
UPC:
0883316163733
Original Release:
1938
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Archives
Presentation:
[B&W, Full Frame]
Time:
1:11:00
Sales rank:
33,806

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ginger Rogers Teddy Shaw
Peggy Conklin Fay Coleman
Lucille Ball Miriam
Lee Bowman Buzzy Armbuster
Eve Arden Henrietta
Dorothea Kent Maxine
Donald Meek P.U. Rogers
Jack Carson Emil Beatty
Clarence H. Wilson Mr. G.
Grady Sutton Gus
Shimen Ruskin Shrimp
Dorothy Tree Frances
Leona Roberts Mrs. Shaw
Harlan Briggs Mr. Shaw
Inez Courtney Emma
Juanita Quigley Mabel
Wesley Barry Actor
Mary Bovard Actor
Stanley Brown Actor
Ben Carter Actor
William Corson Actor
Dorothy Day Actor
Frances Gifford Actor
Etienne Girardot Actor
Russell Gleason Actor
Vera Gordon Actor
Mary Jane Irving Actor
Florence Lake Actor
Margaret McWade Actor
Peggy Montgomery Actor
Dorothy Moore Actor
Betty Jane Rhodes Singer
Margaret Seddon Actor
Red Skelton Itchy Faulkner
Kay Sutton Actor
Douglas Fairbanks Chick Kirkland
Ann Miller Bit Part
Dean Jagger Charlie
Hooper Atchley Subway rider
George Meeker Subway Masher
Elise Cavanna Office Supervisor
Allan Lane Mac
Ronnie Rondell Subway Masher

Technical Credits
Alfred Santell Director
James H. Anderson Asst. Director
Pandro S. Berman Producer
Mel Burns Makeup
Robert de Grasse Cinematographer
Perry Ferguson Art Director
Willaim Hamilton Editor
Arthur Kober Screenwriter
Van Nest Polglase Art Director
Renie Costumes/Costume Designer
Darrell Silvera Set Decoration/Design
Sam Stept Songwriter
Charles Tobias Songwriter
Vernon Walker Special Effects
Roy Webb Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision

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