Don't Bet on Women ★★★½

Edmund Lowe’s divorced wife demands alimony. Lowe agrees and goes to his lawyer, Roland Young, to write out the agreement. Lowe tells Young that women are unfaithful and bad by nature. Young replies that men must be dominant and control their wives, as Young controls his wife, Jeanette MacDonald. Lowe, Young and MacDonald attend a party. At the party Lowe bets Young that he can flatter any woman, married or unmarried, into kissing him within 48 hours of their meeting. They agree that the first woman who enters the room will be the subject of their wager. At this point, MacDonald enters the room. MacDonald’s friend Una Merkle learns about the bet and informs MacDonald, who says she will go on with it. MacDonald entices Lowe but does not kiss him. Young wins the bet. Her husband having won, MacDonald kisses Lowe emphatically. She says, “Don’t bet on women”.

This pre-code sex comedy is not a musical. So many musicals had been made in 1929 and 1930 that the genre had gone out of fashion, and few were made between 1931 and 1933. Jeanette MacDonald had been in early musicals, but she made several straight, nonmusical comedies during the fallow period. MacDonald was a pretty good comedian and may have been able to continue her career successfully even if musicals had not come back in the mid thirties.