The Radio City Music hall first night audience laughed with approval of this picture for the first three-quarters of its running, and then the giggles stopped. Laughs ceased when the action on the screen became so insanely illogical, and dull, that the amazed disappointment of the house expressed itself in chilly silence. It sums up as just a fair feature.
Three topflight players, Miriam Hopkins, Joel McCrea and Charles Winninger, simply run out of material [story by Lynn Root and Franklyn Fenton]. Towards the end of the film the first two literally find themselves, somewhat inebriated, up a tree.
As a comedienne, Hopkins displays exceptional skill, charm and resource. She is effective and amusing so long as she has something to do. She brings to Winninger, as the father, a set of architectural plans of her own designing, which will turn his suburban development into a success if he can save his venture by obtaining a $100,000 loan to hold off creditors.
McCrea, as the son, has the money but not the inclination to invest. Hopkins volunteers to persuade him, and eventually does. She plays on the boy’s weakness for drink and obtains his signature to a contract. It isn’t much funnier than it reads, but that’s Woman Chases Man.