To redeem himself after a hoax, reporter Wallace Cook proposes a series of stories on doomed Hazel Flagg. Hazel discovers she really doesn't have radium poisoning, but still accepts the big fling in New York that Cook offers her. At first, she has a great time, but complications arise when she and Wally fall in love, and a German specialist discovers that Hazel is faking.
A deeply cynical screwball comedy, more horribly relevant to the gutter press of the 90s than it was in the 30s. Simple, innocent Carole Lombard is diagnosed as having a fatal illness and wants to see New York before she dies, whereupon fast-talking slimeball newsman March makes a popular heroine of her and brings her to the Big Apple for a final fling. Lombard turns out not to be ill at all, but March forces her to go through with her circulation-boosting martyrdom. Despite the luminous Lombard and the venomous March, this is perhaps better for its idea than its execution. Still, it looks lovely in 30s Technicolor
A welcome, if slight, return from this 30s near-classic.