Despite the triangular familiarity with the basic story, director John Stahl bisects it with a moderate admixture of satirical and dramatic ingredients generating from the battle of a man’s divorced wife and new interest to snare him for the future. Many feminine wiles and catty scratchings are paraded along the line in the open warfare, all providing audience amusement and enlightenment.
Composer-musician Melvyn Douglas, drowning sorrows of his recent unhappy marriage, meets Ruth Hussey, her father Charles Coburn, and brother John Hubbard, on a cruise off Panama. Family group are all medical scientists, and try to straighten out Douglas before he disembarks at Havana. Accepting his offer to use his Long Island home while they are in New York, Douglas quickly falls in love with Hussey.
Her companionship inspires him to compose a concerto which is performed at a symphony concert for acclaim. His new fame brings back the divorced wife, who decides to regain him from the opposition.
Stahl’s direction proceeds at a bumpy pace at times, while in other sections he zips along at a good speed.