A Florida hotel, a land auction, a diamond necklace ($100,000 worth), a pair of thieves (one of them a Boston Yates), a young architect, his fiancée (a singer), her wealthy mother, The Marx Brothers and bellhops who haven’t been paid in weeks.
Pauline Kael didn’t like the lovers, she pronounced them “forgettable”, the wreckage remaining was a curate’s egg, good here and there.
Among the Irving Berlin songs Variety thought only “When Our Dreams Come True” passed muster, however “trite” it was.
“The Monkey-Doodle-Doo”, finely arranged, is even better.
The auction goes into Hitchcock’s North by Northwest.