20 August 2010 | AlsExGal
Take it for what it is and you'll find it a pleasant time passer
This film is a Warner's B feature starring Ben Lyon, who never really did find his footing in talkies. Ben was probably best in Hell's Angels as the cowardly brother, Monte. Here he is quite a different sort of character. He's Hap, a riveter on the high rises going up in New York City. Hap is aptly named as he is truly a happy fellow, so happy he's given to singing while he works. Not surprisingly, the occupants of the surrounding apartment buildings do not appreciate the construction noise. Quite surprisingly, they are given to slinging disparaging comments at the workers as if that would actually make them pack up and go home.
One of the occupants of the neighboring apartments, socialite Juliette Hunter (Ona Munson), catches Hap's attention. They have a chance to meet when Hap is busy studying Juliette's finer points as she lounges in her negligee and he misses catching a red-hot rivet which lands in Juliette's bedroom. Hap and buddy Bill run over to retrieve the rivet from the apartment, and sparks fly at first meeting between Juliette and Hap. Hap knows the score, and tells Juliette they would never fit in each other's worlds. However, Juliette thinks they can make it work and meets him for a date that night. Of course, the problem isn't Juliette's broad-mindedness, it's her wealthy parents. Then of course there is Clay, the family-approved suitor for Juliette's hand who attempts to make mischief at every turn for the pair and who is played by the only actor with a sizable role in this film that you may have ever heard of - Walter Pidgeon. Thelma Todd shows up for short periods of time too as one of Juliette's friends, but she has few lines.
This is actually a nice little "feel good" film with light comic moments but nothing laugh out-loud funny, not any real melodrama, and plenty of likable characters. Even the most menacing character in the film - Pidgeon as Clay - really seems quite harmless here. This movie didn't do that well at the box office for exactly that reason - it was harmless light fun. As the Great Depression began to take its toll on the public's movie-going mood in early 1931, they preferred heavier fare such as Public Enemy.