Helen [based on the novel by John Erskine] is all comedy. Satirizing ancient myth in general and Helen’s affairs particularly, the titles are topical, while the music is mainly based on pop dance tunes. Wheeling the giant wooden horse inside the gates of Troy is accomplished to the strains of ‘Horses, Horses, Horses’, etc.
The film kids the husband-wife complex throughout, the king, following the conquest of Troy, making a beeline for Helen’s dress-maker to destroy the shop. Meanwhile, he has been trying to go fishing since nine o’clock. When it looks as if Helen is about to take another vacation with her second prince, the king is convinced he’s going to get in his trip, and that finishes the picture.
No battles and no slow spots. The action is lively all the way, with Maria Corda in various stages of slight clothing.
1927/28: Nomination: Best Engineering Effects