The story is simple, and the leads fully embrace the little plot there may be. Gracie Allen steals each scene, taking PG Wodehouse's words and delivering them with enough sass and humor. The Gershwin duo, George and Ira, create some memorable moments especially with NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT. Watched on Warner Archive's DVD release, a few frames seemed to be missing, but the overall picture and sound were perfect.
For a celebrity, there are no bad relationships, only bad commercials. A transatlantic rom-com embellished with B-tier Gershwin numbers. Mostly worth watching for Burns and Allen operating at the height of their combined comic powers. The "Stiff Upper Lip" sequence at the amusement park earned its Academy Award, but just as deserving is Astaire's gloomy stroll through misty woods during "A Foggy Day in London Town."
This film was planned for Astaire and Jessie Matthews but she didn’t want to go to Hollywood. It is unfair to judge Fontaine when she was clearly out of her element. That said, the score, the cinematography and Astaire, George Burns, Gracie Allen and the supporting cast are wonderful.