Both Robert E. Sherwood's Pulitzer Prize-winning play and his screen adaptation feature the sophisticated, extravagant brand of comedy which all but perished after the 1930s. Gable is a burlesque hoofer who, following WW I, takes a job as an assistant to an alcoholic mind reader, Crews.
Gable relays coded information about the audience member asking questions, furnishing the blindfolded medium with correct answers. However, Crews is so drunk that she is unable to follow the code. Ingenue Shearer, who is waiting in the wings, tries to help out, but the audience hears her, and the
act is booed off the stage. Shearer apologizes to Gable for ruining the act, and he tak...