Janet Gaynor escapes her dull small town life when she marries a drunken playboy from Boston. A swell plan…until she learns he’s engaged to marry a snotty socialite.
What starts out as a light romantic comedy turns pretty serious, ’round about the time Bob Dakin (Robert Taylor) sobers up the morning after his impulsive marriage to a sweet local girl. A quickie annulment is out of the question, so Dakin decides he and Kay (Gaynor) will stay married for six months, after which he’ll divorce her and marry his now ex-fiance, Priscilla. (Strangely, she’s a woman who begins the movie looking old enough to be his mother and by the film’s end she looks like a drag queen.)
The charming, unusual premise quickly turns standard and a tad bit tedious. Kay has six months to win over her husband (she’s fallen in love with him of course) and though she begins to have a positive effect on his character, he still carries a torch for “Pris.” A lot of comic possibilities are wasted, as there doesn’t seem to be much humor or warmth between the two newlyweds as the months pass on.
While Gaynor is good in her role (despite the fact that she’s continually dressed like a clown), the film is predictable without being a whole lot of fun getting there, and the ending seems rushed and unsatisfying. [**1/2 out of 5]