Having Wonderful Time

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Having Wonderful Time
Having Wonderful Time.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Alfred Santell
James Anderson (assistant)
Produced by Marc Connelly
Written by Arthur Kober
Starring Ginger Rogers
Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.
Lucille Ball
Eve Arden
Richard "Red" Skelton
Music by Roy Webb
Cinematography Robert De Grasse
Edited by William Hamilton
Distributed by RKO Radio Pictures
Release dates
July 1, 1938
Running time
70 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $966,000[1]
Box office $1,008,000[1]

Having Wonderful Time is a 1938 romantic comedy film released by RKO Radio Pictures.

Plot summary[edit]

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.


Broadway play[edit]

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.[2]

Character name changes[edit]

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.[citation needed] 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.

Release information[edit]

The film recorded a loss of $267,000.[1]

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 2009, the film became available on DVD-R by the Warner Archive.


  1. ^ a b c Richard Jewel, 'RKO Film Grosses: 1931-1951', Historical Journal of Film Radio and Television, Vol 14 No 1, 1994 p57.
  2. ^ Sixteen Famous American Plays, New York: Modern Library, 1941. 679-80. Print.

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