AT THE METROPOLITAN
"Dr. Rhythm," a leavened version of O. Henry's "The Badge of Policeman O'Roon," bases its claim for attention on the physical vigor, imperviousness to hard falls, and mobile face of Beatrice Lillie. The action spirals about the efforts of Lorelei Dodge-Blodgett (Miss Lillie) and Bill Rensem (Bing Crosby) to wither the romance of her niece with a gambler. The check rein of Will Hayes may be partially responsible for Miss Lillie's failure to amuse as readily on the screen as on the stage. The ocillades and gestures on which she relies appear only crude before the camera. Bing Crosby provides an innocuous background, giving repeated versions of "On the Sentimental Side," but the laurels belong to Andy Devine, who as Policeman O'Roon with boisterous diligence, stamps on crime.
Also offered is "Women Are Like That," with Kay Francis and Pat O'Brien. The thirty-odd gowns provided for Miss Francis by Orry-Kelly do not compensate for the almost total lack of plot, direction, and acting.