In the third presentation of the play [following versions in 1915 and 1923], Paramount has retained basic fundamentals of the original [play by Pierre Berton and Charles Simon], but adaptation injects new treatment of the early 1900 story to freshen it up materially.
Zaza is a mischievous and flirtatious vaude soubrette in France. Forcing introduction with Herbert Marshall, pair fall in love and launch an affair.
Claudette Colbert hits a sincere and scintillating portrayal of the frivolous and tempestuous Zaza. Her coy flirtation with Marshall, and later dramatic passages are a finely tempered characterization.
Marshall capably handles the role of the husband.
Play does not lend itself to fast-paced picture technique, and director George Cukor wisely steers away from trying to make such a radical change.