Naughty but Nice has a good quota of laughs and is generally bright, despite a plot at which cynical Tin Pan Alley habitues might look askance. This being Dick Powell’s finale for Warners, the studio gives Ann Sheridan No. 1 co-star billing. Film title is not particularly consistent with story content.
Powell is a professional composer who finds himself a commercial songsmith, especially when partnered with Gale Page’s lyrics. Sheridan is the slight menace here, a mike siren who would break up the songwriting team just to be cut-in on his future songs.
An insidious rum drink is a plot essential. Mistaken for lemonade, it sends the staid Powell into hi-jinks and front-page notoriety as a let’s-tear-the-joint-down-kid, whenever he is taken into a nitery atmosphere and fed these high voltage beverages.