Pretty creaky Stanwyck vehicle that warms up as it goes along. Written by Preston Sturges who after seeing changes to his screenplay here got the notion to start directing his own scripts. MacMurray and Stanwyck have some chemistry here but it pales to 'Double Indemnity' that would come a short time later.
A wonderful Christmas film written by the great Preston Sturges. Although it may not maintain it the whole way through, in my opinion the first 30 minutes or so of this are as good as the best Preston Sturges-directed work that would be made in the next decade.
This is a lovely film, and a holiday tradition for me. It really goes a long ways to show the depth of MacMurray and Stanwyck, who just a few years later would play vastly different roles. The fact Stanwyck never won an oscar is an absolute Hollywood tragedy. Sturges script is also in fine form, and his last before deciding to direct his own material from here on.