This time around, Dick Powell plays an insurance agent coerced by Perkins and Brown into selling a $1 million policy to Moore, who, Powell then discovers, is an old man who could kick the bucket at any given moment. Moore, a Broadway producer, is kept alive by Powell and Blondell, a
showgirl and part-time secretary. Produced by Hal B. Wallis (who did so many fabulous films for Warner Bros.), this was based on a Broadway play cowritten by Richard Maibaum (who scripted many of the James Bond films 30 years later). The original play was called "Sweet Mystery of Life" and
provided more than the usual story fodder for the musical numbers. Berkeley stepped back from his ...