This movie wouldn't even be worth mentioning if it didn't have a great artist like Joan Crawford carrying it. Joan does get some help from "Good Witch" Billie Burke, who was linked romantically with the director of this film, Dorothy Arzner. Arzner was not only a gender pioneer a century ahead of her time, she was the only woman directing in 1930's Hollywood. And she invented the boom mic!
"true love" was inappropriate for this film (and as a mandate in many late-'30s "women's pictures" insults the intelligence of its target audience) but otherwise well-executed if generic. nobody ever did the rags-to-riches chorus girl as naturally as joan crawford
3 1/2. All the actors are good in the movie especially Tone, Burke, Crawford and Mary Philips, I really liked the relationship of the latter two. They had an interesting friendship in the film. The plot is less interesting but the class dynamics between Crawford and the rest of the characters is worth watching for.