4 April 2014 | malcolm-68
This is a zippy B which has a great deal going for it. Burgess Meredith is the nominal hero, but he spends time in jail and therefore off screen particularly in the last half hour, so its left up to others principally his feisty fiancé played by Irene Hervey to investigate the crime. The main merit of the film is that it allows some great character actors to shine. Top acting honours are probably shared between Raymond Walburn as the heroine's father, a garrulous old timer whose glory days are long behind him, but who has a penchant for telling tall stories and Robert Armstrong as a courageous two fisted priest. One highlight is the fight between the two beautiful hellcats Irene Hervey and Esther Ralston who don't battle by the Queensberry Rules. The atmosphere of the docks is well maintained complete with colourful waterfront characters. Arthur Lubin does his customary professional job in the director's chair. This is a good film for a wet afternoon... or for a dry one.