One of the best comedies ever, from any era. When you combine the incomparable Arthur with the equally brilliant ans witty script of Sturges, you get lightning in a bottle. The dialogue literally jumps off the screen at times. Most of the cast is at their peak form, with the exception of Milland who went on to topping himself with great performances in Lost Weekend and Uninvited. Top 10 com of the 30s easily. 5 stars
One of the funniest and most original screwballs I've seen. Compare how different in tone are the sequences of Jean Arthur gathering coins in her apartment, Mr Louis' guided tour around the imperial suite, or the mayhem in the automat, and yet they're all successful and enjoyable to watch.
As usual, Preston Sturges has written wonderful lines for a large cast of comic actors and they deliver them exultantly. My favorite is Luis Alberni as Louis Louis, the hotel manager. He is so good opposite the great Jean Arthur that he is practically the co-star.
Anything written by Preston Sturges is absolutely essential, so everyone should seek this one out. The most interesting thing to me is that Sturges later blamed Mitchell Leisen, and the way that he apparently butchered Sturges' scripts, for driving Sturges into directing. I don't see much of anything wrong with Leisen's direction here, but its an interesting historical footnote.