Selling flowers is her business. Keeping secrets keeps the customers coming back.
A high regarded but overlooked 1930's leading lady, Jean Muir was a smart platinum blonde with a gracious demeanor hiding the neurosis behind some memorably complicated characters. She owns and runs a flower shop in one of Manhattan's chicest hotels, and is given eviction papers from hotel attorney John Boles, all so they can put in a branch bank. Thinking that she'll get emotional "like a typical woman", he isn't prepared for her to fight him, let alone escort him to the opera. But he's married, unaware that his wife is unfaithful, something that Muir discovers quite by surprise. As their friendship grows, she must deal with her growing feelings, plus the knowledge of what's going on behind his back.
This is a very elegant drama that mixes in a variety of styles of comedy, featuring Charles Butterworth in an amusing comic role as a close pal of Muir's who happens to be the hotel's top stock holder. Future Dagwood, Arthur Lake, has an amusing part as one of the shop clerks, with such familiar faces as Spring Byington, Arthur Treacher, Warner Oland, John Qualen and Margaret Dumont in supporting roles. The screenplay is very bright and smart, with Boles performing an amusing novelty number. It's nice to see Muir's character taking charge but being an absolutely brilliant business woman, yet fair and loyal to her employees.
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