Treatment takes on the color of a musical comedy frolic, whimsical in its aim and deliciously carried out in its pattern, in its playing and in its direction. Effect is altogether delightful. Gives Jeanette MacDonald an excellent opportunity for quiet comedy playing, which she rises charmingly to meet.
Story has to do with Maurice Chevalier, a Paris tailor, going to a great French castle to collect a bill run up by a scapegrace scion of the family, and being introduced as Baron Courtelin and held as an honored guest to keep his mission secret. Fun of the situation arises from the presence of the lively young Parisian commoner among a crowd of fossilized old nobles of both sexes.
The comedy [from a French play by Leopold Marchant and Paul Armont] is exquisitely amusing, particularly in all too brief sequences involving Charlie Ruggles and Charles Butterworth. Adapters also have given the dialog a number of swift and spicy sallies that count for solid laughs. And the production throughout has stunning pictorial beauty. Here is seen the fine hand of director Rouben Mamoulian.
Musical numbers [by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart] are as amusing for once in their lyrics as they are attractive in their melodies, and are blended in smoothly with the action