Having Wonderful Time
|Having Wonderful Time|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Alfred Santell|
|Produced by||Marc Connelly|
|Written by||Arthur Kober|
Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.
Richard "Red" Skelton
|Music by||Roy Webb|
|Cinematography||Robert De Grasse|
|Edited by||William Hamilton|
|Distributed by||RKO Radio Pictures|
|Release date(s)||July 1, 1938|
|Running time||70 minutes|
A bored New York office girl (Ginger Rogers), goes to a camp in the Catskill Mountains called Camp Kare Free, for rest and to get away from the noise, busy, city life and finds a handsome waiter (Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.), and they fall in love.
- Ginger Rogers as Thelma "Teddy" Shaw
- Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. as Chick Kirkland
- Eve Arden as Henrietta
- Lucille Ball as Miriam "Screwball"
- Lee Bowman as Buzzy Armbruster
- Harlan Briggs as Mr. Shaw
- Jack Carson as Emil Beatty
- Peggy Conklin as Fay Coleman
- Inez Courtney as Emma, Teddy's Sister
- Dorothea Kent as Maxine
- Allan Lane as Maxwell "Mac" Pangwell
- Donald Meek as P.U. Rogers, Camp Owner
- Juanita Quigley as Mabel, Emma's Daughter
- Leona Roberts as Mrs. Shaw
- Shimen Ruskin as Shrimpo
- Richard "Red" Skelton as Itchy Faulkner, Camp Social Director
- Grady Sutton as Gus
- Dorothy Tree as Frances
- Clarence H. Wilson as Mr. G
The film was based on the play of the same name. (The play's title has quotation marks around it to reflect the custom of vacationers sending letters and picture postcards to keep friends and family informed of their activities.) Produced by Marc Connelly, it had its original Broadway run at the Lyceum Theatre from 20 February 1937 to 8 January 1938.
Character name changes
In the play, the characters are Jewish and have names to reflect their heritage. The names were changed for the movie version because of growing anti-Semitism in America during the first half of the 20th century. Among the names changed for the movie version:
- Teddy Stern became Teddy Shaw
- Chick Kessler became Chick Kirkland
- Fay Fromkin became Fay Coleman
- Mac Finkle became Mac Pangwell
- Itchy Flexner became Itchy Faulkner
Also, the characters Henrietta Brill and Miriam Robbins had their last names dropped in the movie credits.
The film recorded a loss of $267,000.
The film was released on VHS by Nostalgia Home Video and re-released on Region 1 DVD in 2005. Both releases are currently out of print. In July of 2009, the film became available on DVD-R by the Warner Archive.
- Richard Jewel, 'RKO Film Grosses: 1931-1951', Historical Journal of Film Radio and Television, Vol 14 No 1, 1994 p57.
- Sixteen Famous American Plays, New York: Modern Library, 1941. 679-80. Print.
- Having Wonderful Time at the Internet Movie Database
- Having Wonderful Time at AllMovie
- Having Wonderful Time at the TCM Movie Database
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