This was the first and, arguably, the best of three versions of Lonsdale's play, which had starred Ina Claire and Roland Young on Broadway. It was done with Joan Crawford, William Powell, and Robert Montgomery in 1937, then again as THE LAW AND THE LADY with Greer Garson, Fernando Lamas,
and Michael Wilding. Rathbone made his sound debut in the film, and audiences were thrilled by that mellifluous voice, despite hit-and-miss recording on the part of the studio's sound department, which was just learning the newfangled technique. Shearer poses as a rich widow while visiting Monte
Carlo but she is little more than an adventuress with larceny on her mind. She and Barr...