The Royal Family of Broadway

Cukor himself analyzes this in What Price Hollywood?, which clarifies things all around.

Mordaunt Hall (New York Times) stuck with the play, which Halliwell saw as a parody, they disagree on the technique, “thorough and wonderfully effective” (Hall), “primitively staged and very talky” (Halliwell’s Film Guide, which adduces Pauline Kael in The New Yorker, “stagebound and awkward”).