As a ploy to gain publicity, a motion picture director wants his star actress to take a baby with her on a train trip. The director's secretary asks the train's engineer, an old boyfriend, for help. As the engineer ponders what to do, a stranger in the train station tells him that he has a baby that could be used. On board the train, the actress meets a young doctor whom she knew in school, and whom she is still in love with. The presence of the baby causes a series of misunderstandings between them, but the real problems begin when the engineer begins to suspect that the baby may have been kidnapped. Written by
This comedy is only fair overall, with some enjoyable moments but other material that doesn't really work. That's hardly the fault of the cast, which contains several talented performers who do their best with what they have to work with. The story idea is rather silly, but in itself that's not necessarily a problem, since some very entertaining movies have been made with similar setups. But the script and the direction don't always hold up their end well enough.
The story involves a star actress being accompanied by a baby on a train trip, as a publicity ploy by her director, with the baby's unknown origins and identity causing various misunderstandings, suspicions, and anxieties. The idea has possibilities, but a story like that needs a lot of snappy writing and brisk direction to make it work. Here, there are some pretty good scenes, but there are too many occasions when things move more slowly, or when the more implausible aspects of the story become too obvious to overlook.
The cast, though, is good. Victor McLaglen, as the train's engineer, works in the role of a lovable lug. Leonid Kinskey has some very funny moments as the eccentric director, and Patsy Kelly makes good use of her role as his spunky secretary. Marjorie Woodworth and Dennis O'Keefe are quite likable, if occasionally a little lackluster. They are backed up very capably by Zasu Pitts and George E. Stone.
It's a mildly funny movie, mostly pleasant, if hardly anything special. It's not really worth going out of your way to see it, but it's not bad as light entertainment.
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