Plot [from a story by Houston Branch] trips a light fantastic over a series of gags and the gags account for most of the merit. Between the good ones, the yarn rushes James Cagney through some far-fetched situations.
As a sort of safety net to catch any laughs the star might miss, story includes a comedy mother-in-law, played by Ruth Donnelly. For the first half-hour or so Donnelly runs away with the picture, after which the role is softened up by repetition.
Cagney is a press agent in this one, beginning with a dance marathon, and then starting from scratch all over again when his partner kidnaps the gross. That happens in California. When reaching New York, Cagney high-pressures his way into the money, putting over a college, a reducing cream and Florida grapefruit farmland among other projects.
Stage-mother stuff sustains the romance background while Cagney is space-grabbing on the side.
While his material isn’t up to average, Cagney’s playing is as usual and as effective in its way as always.