A strange film that feels more like something from the Post-war period than the pre-Code era. Especially considering, given its co-stars of Cagney & Blondell, who had already done a handful of movies together, we have going into this an expectation of something lighter and funnier. This is slow and something of a downer. The ending packs a punch.
I wonder who thought it would make a good film for its two leads. They’re underserved. Still, its uniqueness is certainly a benefit to it and it has its moments.
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