Breezy B from Metro, set mostly aboard train.
Rival reporters Edmund Lowe and Madge Evans pursue munitions king Paul Lukas to
get goods on foreign power behind him, brink-of-war talk presaging thrillers
that would ring warning bell over a next couple of years. Countries involved are
non-specific, but Germany
are good guesses based on accent andmannerisms. Otherwise, it's never-never
world of newshound double-dealing and third act lapse to farce. B's were built
for mostly mirth, heavier stuff figured to be province of a main feature. Lowe
and Evans are a congenial couple; they might have clicked as one of Thin Man
spin-offs MGM tried in the late 30's. Railroading as backdrop to mayhem was a
budget standby and pleases all the morenow that we can't travel said way anymore, at least not in such elegance
as here. Billy Gilbert, billed as William, does his sneeze act in the dining
car, a messiest of ones I've seen (and Billy sneezed lots). Eddie Lowe was said
to have subbed here for William Powell, so Espionage may have been planned as
an A, downgraded after to a B. It looks richer than customary, even given usual
Metro glossing of support pics.