James Cagney’s second independently produced film for Grand National release is a first-class comedy with music. He sings, dances and plays a romantic juvenile. Having been a song-and-dance man originally, he does that well.
It is difficult to draw the line of commendation between Cagney and Victor Schertzinger, who wrote the original story, composed the music and lyrics of some tuneful numbers, and then cast and directed the piece with imagination.
Schertzinger’s hero is a band leader from a New York cafe who is beguiled to take a fling at picture acting. There is the overnight sensational screen success, but the consequences are amusing and farcical.
Newcomer Evelyn Daw is given the supporting lead and does everything which Schertzinger demands. She sings four numbers and makes a good impression. William Frawley, as a studio press agent, has one of his best roles and gets laughs with a minimum of effort.