Teddy (Ginger Rogers), a somewhat naive secretary, spends her two-week vacation at a summer camp for young adults, where she falls for a waiter, Chick (Douglas Fairbanks Jr.), who aspires to a career as a lawyer.
That's really all there is to the plot! The fun is in hanging out with a large cast of familiar faces on the sunny shores of California's Big Bear Lake. This RKO film is a STAGE DOOR (1937) reunion with Eve Arden, Lucille Ball, Ann Miller, and Jack Carson in the cast in addition to Rogers.
Also on hand are Lee Bowman, Allan "Rocky" Lane, Peggy Conklin, Dorothea Kent, Kay Sutton, and Grady Sutton. Teddy's family members include Dean Jagger, Juanita Quigley, and Inez Courtney.
I first saw this film back in 2008, and I remembered it having a weak script but being fun nonetheless.
That impression was underscored with this fresh viewing. The 71-minute film could have used more time to develop the relationship of Chick and Teddy. There are also a couple random moments dropped into the movie which do nothing for the plot, such as a riff by one Richard "Red" Skelton on donuts.
That said, this is a movie I enjoy spending time with. Rogers and Fairbanks have a sweet chemistry, and I wish they'd made more films together.
The handsome Fairbanks is someone I always enjoy. The role of Teddy is something of a change of pace for Ginger, who so often played savvy, sharp-tongued characters; here she plays a more innocent young woman. The scene where she spends the night playing backgammon with Bowman, with Fairbanks rushing in to save her virtue, is quite funny, particularly given the perplexed, nonchalant reactions of Bowman and Rogers.
All in all, it's a pleasant, upbeat film in a fun setting. Those who like the cast will probably enjoy it as well, despite its featherweight story.
HAVING WONDERFUL TIME was directed by Alfred Santell and filmed by Robert DeGrasse.
The Warner Archive print is rough in a couple spots, with one noticeably scratched spot with a skip at the end of a scene, but for the most part it's fine. There are no extras.
Thanks to the Warner Archive for providing a review copy of this DVD. Warner Archive releases are MOD (manufactured on demand) and may be ordered from the Warner Archive Collection at the WBShop.