Inauspicious title cloaks a pleasant comedy-drama. It is neatly studded with belly-laugh material as well as effective bits of pathos. Above all, it holds an excellent all-round cast topped by Gracie Fields, Monty Woolley, Roddy McDowall and Reginald Gardiner.
Story, with an English locale, opens with a jobless music hall entertainer (Fields) taking job as a housekeeper. She revitalizes a gloomy household, discharges a parasitical group of thieving servants, makes the place seem like home to the motherless boy, and finally brings about an understanding between father and son.
Interwoven is an ancient scandal concerning the runaway wife of the one-time politician (Woolley) who has been persuaded to stand for parliament again when his errant wife returns with blackmail as her objective.
Unbeknown to the politician Fields scares the woman out of England by framing a phoney murder in her hotel room. The slender motif [from a novel by Frances Marion] has been nicely developed with corking individual performances.