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No Time to Marry

No Time to Marry(1938)

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On Christmas Eve day, the wedding of Perry Brown to Kay McGowan, star reporters for The Daily Blade newspaper, looks as if it will be postponed when a teletype bulletin reports that Eleanor Winthrop, a Boston heiress, has been kidnapped. After convincing his city editor, Wyatt Blake, to assign the story to another reporter, Perry is summoned to the office of managing editor Petonsall, who insists that Perry obtain two goats for his son's Christmas gift or face dismissal. When Eleanor telephones the newspaper to deny the Blade 's story, which claims that she has eloped and was never kidnapped, Perry accidentally picks up her line and, thinking he is speaking to his fiancée, makes a date with her. Al and Perry meet Eleanor, who introduces herself under an alias, at a cafe, and she insists on accompanying them on their search for two goats. The three go to the zoo, where they soon locate two goats but are arrested while trying to remove them. Kay and Hess, a crooked bondsman, arrive at the jail to bail the three out, but when they recognize Eleanor as being the missing heiress, Kay, who wants to get the story, vies with Hess, who wants the reward, for her possession. While Hess places a telephone call to Eleonor's father, telling him that he will deliver Eleanor to a farm house, Kay calls Blake. Perry, still not realizing who Eleanor is, agrees to go to the farm house when it is promised that he will find goats there. Eleanor's father fails to show up at the farm house, so when Perry finds his goats, he insists on leaving. On the road back to town, Hess feigns car trouble and tries to return the group to the farm. Kay, however, manages to outsmart Hess by commandeering a truck and taking all but Hess back to town, where they deliver the goats to Petonsall. At Petonsall's apartment, Eleanor is identified by her family lawyer, and Kay and Perry are thrown back into each other's arms with the help of a butting goat.