The Moss Hart-George S. Kaufman play, a moderate legit hit, becomes a sock comedy on the screen under astute handling and with Jack Benny in the principal laugh role.
For Benny, the part of the city fellow who unwillingly struggles through trying to make a home out of an old abandoned country house, is rich in the sort of thing he does best. With others in the picture as vital cogs, Benny is in there pitching in nearly every scene. He hardly has time to get his breath, since much of the dialog is allocated to him. When he isn’t using his voice, he’s falling into wells, stumbling against things, rolling downstairs or, in other ways, contributing to the fun.
A lot of the action is modified slapstick, while for relief there are many sequences of a highly amusing domestic character.