A sustained two-shot of Powell & Drew next to a radio discussing money, disillusionment, the limitations of romance within the context of the here & now, body postures conveying yearning & distance simultaneously, & all of this punctuated by the rhythm of Sturges' dialogue: I immediately knew this would be special, the director's finest film. Ideas alone rarely matter as money & social status overwhelm everything.
I think the most underrated of Sturges' work and unquestionably a 5/5 film. It has nowhere near the reputation that The Lady Eve, Sullivan's Travels, or The Palm Beach Story have, but it is just as good. "It's not the coffee, it's the bunk!"
Mostly classic good fun with great dialog, a humble protagonist, and characters that would be called 'quirky' if released today. The first act drags, however, and in some places the rough editing and rambling speeches indicate that not all oldies are goodies.--PolarisDiB
4.5 - absolutely wonderful. Sturges really brings home the idea that money often influences our ideas of respect and prestige with whom we are not well acquainted. The camera nearly constantly keeping Jimmy and Ellen together throughout their story works to illustrate that regardless of social standing or societal value, people can exist and strive outside these ideas.
Great little film---one of Preston Sturges' first as director I believe. Action and plot move along swiftly but I must admit I still don't get the phrase the hero dreams up to win the contest...everything else about this movie is hilarious!