Grant is in Paris to work a deal. He's a French businessman who is trying to negotiate a concession option on some South American nitrate deposits. He's on vacation and has this apparently valuable contract in his possession when Moreno and Corio try to get it away from him with a scam.
Simultaneously, Westman, a spinster, puts her throbbing body before him. His phone is tapped by Drake, the switchboard operator, who also is infatuated by him and seeks to protect him by exposing the machinations of Moreno and Corio. Drake is a nosy type who gets her thrills by listening in.
Horton has been engaged to Westman for many years and is slightly jealous of the attention she showers on Grant. Grant loves the adulation and makes no moves to stop it. Complications happen, doors open and close, etc. Moreno tries to vamp Grant for profit, and Westman is just swooning. Drake
attempts to keep Grant away from the two. In the end, Horton gets Westman back, Moreno and Corio are unmasked as scoundrels, and Grant will presumably wind up with Drake, his protector. They tried so hard to make this funny that they lost sight of any believability. Grant overplayed (as he did in
many films) but this time he didn't have the material. Drake does her best work in many years and Horton, a rock of Gibraltar in so many films, does his usual excellent job. Horton could always be depended upon, from the time he first appeared in films in TOO MUCH BUSINESS in 1922 until his final
film, COLD TURKEY, released after his death in 1971. This story began life as a play by Alfred Savoir, then was adapted by the prolific Guy Bolton (who worked so well with P.G. Wodehouse), but it never did make the big time. Some people must have thought it would make a funny movie. They were
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