And he'll do it without customary liquid inspirations because Nick William Powell is on the wagon. He's also on his game. As is Nora Myrna Loy , wrestling a folding lawn chair, tailing a presumed suspect through town, igniting a pool-hall rumble and cracking wise as goodas she gets. Start on. Show related SlideShares at end.
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She has the give and take of acting that brings out the best. According to Loy, the actors were not allowed to interact between takes with the dog Skippy; trainers felt it would break his concentration. Skippy once bit Loy during filming. Although she had great compliments for Powell's charm and wit, Maureen O'Sullivan who played the daughter of Wynant later said she did not enjoy making the picture because her part was so small and the production was so rushed.
The scene of Nick shooting the ornaments off the tree was added after Powell playfully picked up an air gun and started shooting ornaments the art department was putting up. Loy wrote that the biggest problem during shooting was the climactic dinner party scene in which Nick reveals the killer.
Powell complained that he had too many lines to learn and could barely decipher the complicated plot he was unraveling. It was the one scene when several retakes were necessary, which brought up an entirely new problem. The script called for oysters to be served to the dinner guests and, in take after take, the same plate of oysters was brought out under the hot lights. The film was released in May 25, to extremely positive reviews and was a box office hit, with special praise for the chemistry between Loy and Powell.
Mordaunt Hall of The New York Times called it "an excellent combination of comedy and excitement", and the film appeared on the Times year-end list of the ten best of the year.