Errol Flynn is given plenty of opportunity to flash the old charm but there’s hardly a touch of the usual swashbuckling or boudoir romance activities in his role of a serious composer. Under the capable direction of Peter Godfrey, he turns in one of the best jobs of his career. Ida Lupino, although she’s seldom been typed so much as Flynn, has a role here that she can really sink her teeth into and she demonstrates once more her versatility as a serious actress.
Story [from a novel and play by Margaret Kennedy] is cut sharply in half between light romance and heavy drama and therin lie its only fault of note.
Tale is imbued with much of the nostalgic flavor of pre-World War I Europe. It tees off in Venice where Gig Young, a struggling young composer, wants to marry the wealthy Eleanor Parker. Through a misunderstanding, however, her parents think Young is living with Lupino, a widowed waif with an infant son, and so rush Parker off to a resort in the Alps. Seems, though, that it’s been Flynn, Young’s happy-go-lucky brother, who took Lupino and child in off the streets. To set things right again, the two brothers, Miss Lupino and the moppet start off on foot through the Alps to find Parker and explain the mistake to her.
Chief production assist is lent by Erich Wolfgang Korngold’s score, with both the ballet and theme music standout. Ballet sequences are tastefully staged by LeRoy Prinz and Milada Mladova sparkles in both terping and thesping as the prima ballerina.