Marion Davies plays with debonair comedy with just the touch of being rowdy, and relieved at the other extreme with the merest suggestion of under-the-surface sentiment.
Story is pure comedy almost to the end, but late sequences weave in a neatly contrasting note of jaunty sentiment that gives the picture the touch of legit comedy drama.
Picture has a beautiful balance of pattern in the playing. C. Aubrey Smith, who created the part of the crusty British nobleman in the Belasco stage production [by Edward Childs Carpenter], is in the picture with a screen portrait that is a gem, while Ralph Forbes brings a suave gentility to the juvenile lead in admirable contrast to the flamboyant playing of the star.
Picture has a more spirited finish than the play, giving it the advantage of dramatic suspense that lasts right up to the final foot. The out-of-favor Davies has gone to the flying field desperately determined to make a transatlantic plane flight, while her lover speeds to the air field to prevent the gamble with death. Meanwhile the old peer remains at home, listening with anxiety to a radio broadcast of the take-off on the hop. Alternating shots of these three elements in the episode build the climax.