There is hardly a better film made in Hollywood than this sharp and bitter comedy. Made by drunken genius, Gregory La Cava, its tough, cynical and the dialogue goes at a machine gun pace. It has Ginger Rogers, Katherine Hepburn, Lucille Ball and Eve Arden aiming bullets at each other in a script of almost unrelenting malice, with the seldom seen again Andrea Leeds tolling like a funeral bell among the less than friendly fire.
Its script is a marvel - as is its playing - all the more so when one hears from Andrea Leeds of its making:
"Gregory La Cava had all of us girls in the movie come to the studio for two weeks before the shooting started and live as though we were in the lodging house itself. He rewrote scenes from day to day to get the feeling of a bunch of girls together — as spontaneous as possible. He would talk to each of us like a lifelong friend. That gave us a feeling of intimacy." Others on the set said he had a secretary eavesdropping on the girls and writing down their comments, some of which he incorporated into the film. La Cava's careful work with Katharine Hepburn on this film rescued her from the dreaded status of "box-office poison," and Ginger Rogers, not always charitable in her comments on those she worked with, labeled him "masterful.