The old-fashioned artifices of the [original 1899 novel The Amateur Cracksman by E.W. Hornung and its subsequent dramatization] are incidental. The essence of its interest is a rascal so captivating that you are pleased to see him emerge triumphant, though guilty, from his brush with Scotland Yard.
Picture version capitalizes such instinctive feeling, by actually having the defeated Inspector K. McKenzie take his final trimming with a philosophical grin.
Kay Francis is a happy choice – an actress with that suggestion of reserve vitality that makes her stand out strongly.
Comedy sequences supplied by Alison Skipworth and Frederick Kerr, the sentimental British dowager and her absurd spouse, have a good deal of freshness and reality. In like manner, the picture’s atmosphere impresses as thoroughly authentic.
1929/30: Nomination: Best Sound