So, we’re in the hey-day of Pre-Code Hollywood and here’s one of the movies that was very influential in getting the Code enforced. In it, Jean Harlow plays a woman that gains wealth, power and a great deal of satisfaction apparently from sleeping around with almost every named male character in the movie. It’s the first movie I’ve seen with Jean Harlow and, um, she has not aged well. She’s often really shrill and annoying and just plain bad, really. And the script does no one any favors; it’s filled with just stupidity after stupidity and it climaxes when a character who has never shown any violent tendencies before pulls out a gun (that they just happen to be carrying, I guess, despite their non-violent tendencies) and just starts ******* blazing away. At that point, the movie had basically broken my will and I just started laughing hysterically. At not even ninety minutes, this movie was painfully interminable. Avoid this one at all costs. One of the worst movies I’ve ever seen; a non-stop parade of stupidities and annoyances. If it isn’t entirely without merit, it’s about as close as it could come. ½ star.
tl;dr – painfully bad performances, especially from lead Jean Harlow, and an idiotic script; eighty minutes, but seems eternity; one of the worst movies I’ve ever seen. ½ stars.