While the title telegraphs the plot [by George Averbach] W.S. Van Dyke, the director, has cannily paced his proceedings so that the suspense values aren’t militated against too much. Perhaps that accounts for the somewhat anti-climatic moments in the unscreening, or maybe it’s just that 91 minutes running time, because somehow there are lapses in the dramatic tension.
Story is ultra-1936, as modern as a Hollywood diary in spots, although this very sparkle and sophistication of dialog at times takes on a phoney gloss.
John Eldredge is oke as the straight-laced brother Tom who, after splitting Robert Taylor and Barbara Stanwyck, is tricked into a ‘revenge’ marriage (of the unkissed bride type) with Stanwyck, only later to facilitate a divorce. Joseph Calleia is a restrained but sinister menace and Jean Hersholt, per habit, rings the bell again with one of his kindly medico portrayals.