Mitchell Leisen deserves new recognition as a comedy director of the first rank. Much has been said about the former set designer's elevated taste and general savoir-faire but in No Time for Love and other latter-day screwball comedies, he brings an almost Lubitschian sensibility to the table. Especially when Paramount allowed the use of such eminent farceurs as Claudette Colbert and Fred MacMurray, the latter a Leisen favorite. Not that No Time for Love is much more than a sophisticated girl-meets-blue-collar boy romance but Leisen and the players make Claude Binyon's sometimes overly obvious lines positively sparkle. Colbert and MacMurray may be better remembered for attempting to survive the boondocks in The Egg and I (1947) but they seem a lot more at ease among Leisen's (and Hans Dreier's) Academy Award-nominated sets in No Time for Love.
by Hans J. Wollstein review