This plot was already old in 1931. Lombard (who replaced Fay Wray before shooting began) is a rich, bored heiress from New York who has to leave the city rather than face embarrassment due to what would today be a very innocent incident. Trowbridge, her conservative father, orders her to
the family ranch in Wyoming. Once there, she meets cowboy-ranch hand Cooper (a character as obstinate as Glenn Ford in THE SHEEP MAN), who refuses to kowtow to her high-falutin' ways, and the more he backs off, the more she comes on. Eventually they marry, but his heart isn't in it, and she
regards Cooper as almost a plaything, rather than a husband. Trowbridge is livid at the union, as he wanted her to marry Vail, a dull New Yorker. Lombard and Cooper attempt to make a commercial go of ranching, but she eventually leaves him and returns to Trowbridge in New York after a year. Cooper
follows her and is astounded to see how wealthy she is. Once he realizes that they are so far apart in backgrounds and culture, he agrees to the divorce she's asked for. Lombard has second thoughts about it now and trails Cooper to his new employment. He's doing a cowboy act (not unlike Clint
Eastwood's BRONCO BILLY) in a circus, and when she approaches him, he scorns her, not wanting to be dangled at the end of her fickle string and fearing being hurt again. When he's thrown from his horse in an accident, she races to his side. He is told that he will never be able to ride again, but
it doesn't matter anymore as Lombard is there to comfort him forever. This could have been a lovely comedy in someone else's hands, but it wallows in a morass of melodrama. The most interesting facet is the two very different styles of Cooper and Lombard as they weave in and out of the scenes.
Talkies had been invented just four years previously, and the sound on this film leaves much to be desired.
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- Rating: NR
- Review: This plot was already old in 1931. Lombard (who replaced Fay Wray before shooting began) is a rich, bored heiress from New York who has to leave the city rather than face embarrassment due to what would today be a very innocent incident. Trowbridge, her co… (more)