7 June 2018 | boblipton
Alma Taylor gets run over by a taxi cab. She wanted her sister, Cicely Courtneidge, to raise her children, Dean Reisner and Billie de la Volta on her farm in England. Cicely, however, is not a farmer, but Lady Kate, the notorious star of her own nightclub -- notorious on nonsensical publicity concocted by the club's owner and publicity agent. In truth she's a kindhearted woman who rescues young girls just before they take that fatal step, despite the hectoring of her maid, Kathleen Harrison.
However, the children's rich and hardhearted grandfather back in New York, who had disowned his son and ignored the children up to now, can't stand the bad publicity, so he sends his other son, Ernest Truex, over to England to get them back.
Dean's father, Charles Reisner, directs well, if rather unimaginatively, leaving the performers to perform their shticks, and the editing often makes this movie less than it might have been. The big production number has a troupe of dancers doing the kazatsky, and there is a brief bit of Miss Courtneidge in a tutu and boots at the end. This sort of routine was just her sort of meat, and the way it is unimaginatively shot and chopped up is a shame. I was also somewhat bemused at the sight of the farm she owns, with more than a dozen milk cows and dozens of fowls, without a laborer in sight. Still, Miss Courtneidge's big stage personality is well served in the role, and Mr. Truex' milquetoast comedy persona gets in some nice jokes and makes a good contrast. It might not have cracked open the American market, as Miss Courtneidge and Gaumont British may have wished, but it's a good record of then-popular British film making.