Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.
USA, 1940. RKO Radio Pictures. Screenplay by Dalton Trumbo, additional dialogue by Donald Ogden Stewart, based on the novel by Christopher Morley. Cinematography by Robert De Grasse. Produced by David Hempstead. Music by Roy Webb. Production Design by Van Nest Polglase. Costume Design by Renie. Film Editing by Henry Berman.
Ginger Rogers had to go dramatic to win an Academy Award, but she isn’t nearly as energetic or memorable here as she was in the many wonderful musical comedies she performed in. However, she does a fine job in the title role of a working girl who ends up in a situation that forces her to choose between a successful, wealthy businessman (with a meddlesome mother), or an honest joe worker who truly loves her. Reminiscent more of the Lana Turner splashy-colour melodramas of the fifties than the grittier material that was being produced in the forties, the film is not in any way complicated, nor extremely enjoyable, but makes for a solid, uncomplicated story and will be enjoyed by those looking for just that.
Academy Award: Best Actress (Ginger Rogers)
Nominations: Best Picture; Best Director (Sam Wood); Best Screenplay; Best Sound Recording