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The play opened in New York City, New York, USA at the Avon Theater on 18 September 1929 and ran for 557 performances. William Ricciardi originated his role in the play, and Louis Jean Heydt was also in the cast. See more »
This film is a fairly faithful adaptation of a Sturges play and, unfortunately, it's stage origins show a little too plainly. One can even fairly easily tell where the Act divisions would have been.
The rhythms and confined locations betray its source-while there are witty passages, other parts do not have a snappy enough pace too advance the fairly sparse (and predictable) plot. Charming performances and has its moments, but Sturges was part of other substantially better scripts in the 30s, that have aged much better. It seems likely that the, for its time, racier elements of the plot held the attention more in its day.
Did like the jokes at the expense of West Orange, New Jersey though!
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