Copyright 19 December 1938 by Columbia Pictures Corp. of California. New York opening at the Radio City Music Hall: 5 January 1939. U.S. release: 24 December 1938. Australian release: 6 April 1939. 8 reels. 74 minutes.
SYNOPSIS: Private detective tries to nail jewellery store robber without the help of his wife.
NOTES: Sequel to There's Always a Woman (1938) in which Sally Reardon was played by Joan Blondell. However, Tom Dugan repeats his role of Flannigan, though this time he seems to be working for Reardon rather than the City. On the other hand, Pierre Watkin has an entirely different role in both films.
COMMENT: As a comedy mystery thriller, There's That Woman Again is two-thirds successful. Thanks to clever scripting, noirish photography and deft direction, it certainly produces the thrills. And you can credit inspired acting, a wonderfully daffy screenplay and the dexterous Mr Hall again for the movie's outstanding comedy qualities. As a mystery, however, the film does not deliver. True, the plot does propound a couple of neat puzzles, but they are unsatisfactorily resolved.
Never mind, what's a few missed clues in this dizzy parade of engagingly scatterbrained characters led by the debonair Douglas as a harassed father-to-be "D", the ultra-svelte Bruce as his engagingly screwball wife, the delectable Lindsay as a femme fatale with double capitals, and Tom Dugan as Reardon's deliciously eager Man Friday? The support players too are right on the button, particularly Don Beddoe as a realistic realistically ambitious lackwit of an assistant D.A. and Harry Burns as a tuneless cobbler who sparks up the film's funniest scene, a really hilarious episode that has me rolling on the floor every time I see it. Also highly amusing is the clip with Watkins and Douglas unsuspectingly celebrating at a nightclub.
Production values are so remarkably glossy, we can only wonder why some contributors, especially the brilliant cinematographer Joseph Walker, were not nominated for Academy Awards. Costumes and art direction are likewise outstanding. In all, top entertainment.