Melvyn Douglas went from the stage to the screen in this adaptation of a play in which he starred with his wife, Helen Gahagan. Here, Swanson played the Gahagan part in an attempt to halt the downward trend in her popularity. It didn't help. Swanson (at age 33) plays a young opera singer
who is making her first major appearance at a Venetian opera house. The critics are less than rapt and her teacher-lover, Gottschalk, says that while she has the right vocal technique, she lacks the passion and fire that separates a diva from a singer. While in Venice, Swanson is shadowed by the
handsome Douglas, whom she suspects is a professional gigolo being kept by a marchesa, ...