Same deficiency as in the play [by Joseph Schrank and Philip Dunning] occurs – the obvious. The farcical situations telegraph each ensuing denouement yards ahead. But the same fast and furious tempo, as in the play, does much to offset this fault. It’s really a comedy Cinderella theme.
Marion Davies is the hotel chambermaid who is catapulted into being ‘Down Glory’, the mythical non-existent, composite beauty who cops a contest. Pat O’Brien and Frank McHugh are the broken-down promoters (slang for chiselers, although harmless guys in the main) who engineer the photographic compo girl into a $2,500 cash prize and a flock of offers.
When besieged by commercial sponsors for endorsements and newspapermen for interviews, Davies unconsciously walks from the metamorphosis from the femme de chambre into the No. 1 US beaut. The farcical complications pile on with O’Brien (Chick Wiley) extricating himself ingeniously with each turn.
Davies does well by her generous comedy opportunities. Dick Powell, as a goofy stunt flyer, is well nigh wasted, virtually dragged in for his ‘Page Miss Glory’ title song [by Harry Warren and Al Dubin] duet with the star.