Kind Lady, which had a moderate run as a legit show [by Edward Chodorov, from a story by Hugh Walpole] in New York, has been transferred to the screen with Aline MacMahon and Basil Rathbone in prime roles.
Chief flaw is the tedious build-up to a fairly intriguing plot. Requires more than half an hour, much of it comprising irksome English palaver, to reach real thread of yarn – that of blackmail via doping route.
Implausible basic idea has been made digestible by skilful direction. Viewers are asked to believe that an English lady, disappointed in her love affairs, would invite a strange man, his wife and baby in as guests of her palatial home while it is rather apparent that he is up to no good.
To adapt herself to the character of an Englishwoman was no mean job, but MacMahon does it with skill. Rathbone makes a suave villain. Dudley Digges adds some lighter moments as his cockney aide.