This was the first Will Rogers' movie I'd seen, and I really came to dislike him in it. His constant, increasingly unfunny putdowns during the rehearsal in his home started to irritate me quite quickly, and coupled with his controlling behaviour of his wife I thought he came across as an annoying and unpleasant character. I know Rogers' is a movie icon, so I'll give him the benefit of the doubt that his other characters are not as unlikeable as this one.
Rogers aside, the rest of the movie is a gem! The disastrous play, overacting amateur actors, Billie Burke's larger than life take-off of Mae West, the pompous director, and the backstage disasters all make it very funny, especially if you've ever been involved with community theatre.
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