Tired of her social set and their trivial activities and tedious gossip about society divorces and award-winning race horses, Helen yearns for something meaningful in her life. However, Helen doesn't intend to bring forth this new purpose by caring for the sick and starving masses in India, or helping out charities and orphanages. Instead, she decides that the key to her spiritual uplift is to become an actress; so, she vies for the title role in a scandalous new play entitled The Siren.
I want a part in your new play more than anything in the world.
Why you've got everything you need. Why should you want to go on the stage?
I'm bored. I want to do something worthwhile.
Well, I'd like to help you but what can I do?
You haven't decided on anyone for the lead in The Siren...
You could no more play the Siren than I could.
Oh, now why would it be so impossible?
Well, for one thing, you're not a star. Now if your name were on the front page...
You mean if I murdered my aunt?
That's an idea.
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This Paramount Pre-Code was the third or fourth time this story had been filmed. Claudette Colbert is an actress trying to land a role in a playwright's unwritten show and to demonstrate she can play a fall-in-love-at-first-sight lead, she tries to make big-game-hunter Edmond Lowe fall in love with her, cutting a record of the event to demonstrate her talents. It works, but when other people find and play the record, Lowe blows up, kidnaps her and takes her to his country house.
They're pretty good for most of the show, but the third act falls apart, as hordes of people (including Will Geer in his first screen role) wander in and out, including the inevitable escapee from an insane asylum who believes he is Napoleon. Perhaps others could have pulled it off, but this cast and crew can't.
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