With sexual harassment scandals currently convulsing Hollywood and Westminster, this cheerfully amoral farce originally performed on stage in 1931 serves as a timely reminder that men have always exploited financially vulnerable women (as the villain of this piece does the heroine), and most of the male characters are depicted as possessing roving eyes and wandering hands (even Norma Varden gets smacked on the behind by Ralph Lynn). Other antisocial behaviour served up for our entertainment is a bizarre sequence in which people get pushed through a succession of shop windows to the loud crash of breaking glass, and a cyclist pushed off his cycle by a group of carol singers whose collection box is stolen and plundered.
Farceur in chief Tom Walls is a much more agile presence in front of the camera than behind it.
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