Cinderella Jones has a musical slant, picture going almost musical comedy on several occasions, but doesn’t actually need these touches.
Plot [from a story by Philip Wylie] deals with a girl who wants to inherit $10 million but has to find a husband with a Quiz Kid brain to collect. She figures an exclusively male technology institute is the proper place to find such a husband, and action revolves around her attempts to enroll in the school to find her man.
Around that basis scripter Charles Hoffman has fitted fast dialog and situations that pay off in chuckles. Busby Berkeley’s direction generates plenty of speed in the unfolding, maintaining a pace that deftly points the laughs. On the musical side, though, he misses, staging one large production midway that only proves a pace-stopper. Tunes are not particular standouts but make for okay listening.
Joan Leslie makes a delightful dumb dame who malaprops all over the place before wising up to the worth of her bandleader, both mentally and as a big hunk of man. Robert Alda gives the baton-waver role plenty of life.