Not quite pure asinine frivolity. How could it be? Ben Hecht wrote it. It is not the least bit difficult to imagine this script being worked out as something more than passingly serviceable. Wellman might even have been the man to do it. Why not? However, this is goddamn hard to sit through. Carole Lombard reaches a career low in terms of noxiousness. I can handle a bumpkin, but this I can barely handle. Barf.
Damn... Wish I wasnt so much on my cell phone during this movie cuz the dialogue is great thanks t the great Ben Hecht who wrote great movies like Scarface (the original one), Notorious and Spellbound (for Hitchcock), Ride The Pink Horse, His Girl Friday and so so so many more... Thank God I wasnt on my phone for the big Man vs Woman fight at the end.
A skinny film, with skeleton apparent. Not bad if you like the sweets it offers. English trope of town and country, American trope of amoral newspaper men. I like Wellman when he shows well men, I like him less when he's seeing through values and handling the gold in the sacred core.
Better-than-average mid-century Hollywood fodder, but I prefer Wellman's films before Hollywood cleaned him up to please the Hays Code. Night Nurse was Hollywood trash, too, but at least it was uncensored, and unsanitized. Beggars of Life was brilliant. The Hays Code even affected French films that wanted to play in America, and ultimately, Hollywood abandoned it in order to survive. A list of banned topics below...
Punching women, ethnic stereotypes, faking terminal disease, misogyny....this is comedy? Shrill and dated Wellman work from scriptwriters who have left a far better legacy behind then this one. Lombard is downright annoying here and Marsh way to he-man even for the period. Had never got around to seeing this one before...what a disappointment.