In an early bit of dialogue, Gene Raymond's character listens to his parents say he shouldn't marry a blues singer, and he replies, "Whom should I marry - Schumann-Heink?," referring to a famous opera singer who had just retired in 1932. Ironically, when Raymond himself married in 1937 his bride was an opera singer as well as a movie star: Jeanette MacDonald. See more »
Carole Lombard wanted to get out of her next project at Paramount, "A Girl Without a Room" and so went to Harry Cohen at Columbia and asked him to find her something better. He came up with this respectable play by S.N. Behrman. The two main characters, Abby and Rodney, are very ably and sympathetically portrayed, and this saves the picture. On the other hand, Gene Raymond's "best friend" in the picture, Sig, played by Monroe Owsley is a perfect devil, tempting Rodney at every opportunity to ignore his wife and instead spend his nights drinking and his days at the race track. Sig is the personification of evil because he actually doesn't know any other reality that the one he's living sponging off his rich friend, Rodney. Carole on the other hand recognizes the potential in Rodney and does everything in her power to save him.
This film is interesting and enjoyable light soap opera fair. At one point when Carole's character almost looses her composure in front of Rodney's father, the viewer is ready to applaud the explosion, but alas the moment passes. This film could have been well served by a little more action and violent emotion. Perhap's the problem stems from the rather static direction of director David Burton. This is also the first film of Carole's to benefit from the cinematography talents of Ted Tetzlaff. He was able to light Carole in such a way that removed that certain hardness from her face evident in earlier pictures.
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