One of those quirky, weird magical old Hollywood films that put a smile on your face and that you just sink into. Not as offbeat as something like Pandora & The Flying Dutchman--but it just feels NEW and...slight. And in being slight, odd. And in being odd...great!
Rita Hayworth is beautiful as always, but it is Fairbanks here (also producing) who shows a different side of himself--exploring weakness and danger.
A down-on-his-luck playwright encounters a down-on-his-luck man who owes three thousand bucks he can't come up with and is contemplating suicide. A swarmy conman (Fairbanks) is trying to seduce Hayworth and also steer any moneyed men into a fixed poker game.
So the playwright has an idea: have Fairbanks bring the down-on-his-luck man into the game. The fixers will let him win three thousand, and before they can fleece him, he will bounce.
Much more to be said about this--this film should be much more well known.