Don't worry, Bob! I'll find your top hat if it's the last thing I do!
Usually I wince my way through early talkies; stilted dialogue and static direction makes them tough to sit through. Not this one - and it's all due to the amazing chemistry between Robert Montgomery and Norma Shearer (which you'll see again in When Ladies Meet, Strangers May Kiss and the excellent The Divorcee).
Lewis Stone plays Henry Marlett, a man having an affair and getting ready to leave his wife; when his daughter Lally (Shearer) finds out, she hardens her heart towards her father - and every man. That is, until she meets John (Montgomery) while on a trip with her mother. Are they meant for a life of romance? Or are there circumstances at work beyond their control?
Snappy dialogue, good performances by the entire cast (Shearer was nominated for an Academy Award - ultimately losing to herself in The Divorcee), and a surprisingly exciting mix of romance and drama take this little soaper above the norm for its era.
Plus, let's be honest. Early, devil-may-care Bob Montgomery is always a delight to watch. ;)
I give this one: