My Weakness ★★★

This whimsical fantasy, a variation on Pygmalion (1913, George Bernard Shaw), includes scenes in rhymed speech and song, presumably to convey a mood of light-hearted effervescence. The presence of Cupid, who shoots his arrows to inspire romantic love, increases the whimsy in the, already romantically fantastic, plot.

Cupid is played by Harry Langdon, whose screen character the audience would already know as an innocent, baby-faced goof, an insubstantial, trifling “god of love”. The handsome playboy representing the “Henry Higgins” character undertakes to remake a lowly maidservant into a stylish and beautiful young woman. Ayres’ coterie of young women (a '30s version of groupies) who assist him in the transformation process are another whimsical element added to the plot. These woman become a chorus and accompany Harvey in several songs. Harvey’s newly acquired allure attracts Butterworth and Travers, and Ayres wins his bet. Ayres, in love, has been conquered by his own scheming. As a final whimsical touch, Cupid appears to claim credit for the romantic ending. Most of the fun occurs when Butterworth and Travers are on screen.