Barbara Stanwyck got three men and made them all miserable. Joan Crawford only corralled two, but then one was Harvard '06 and the other Yale '26. Perhaps it evens up. The general purport of the two features at the University is that this is no longer a man's world. They were done wrong--and they liked it.
In "Chained" the Crawford-Gable team goes at it again, and, strangely enough, Clark loses out to Otto Kruger for the moment. But before his magnanimous retreat and final conquest, he and Joan play at sweet nothing's in a boat's swimming pool, in a speakeasy's private dinning room, and in the luxurious hay of a ranch down Buenos Aires way. Stuart Erwin adds his appreciated bit to the general gayety of the sort which Mr. Gable popularized in "it Happened One Night." Of this, unfortunately, there is not enough; and presently the characters find themselves enmeshed in the age-old love vs. common decency not, with a divorce thrown in. And that is "Chained."
As for "A Lost Lady"--Barbarn Stanwyck and Frank Morgan make a compact based on what they term "honesty" after he ha retrieved her lost soul. Then love comes unexpectedly and almost conquers. If you like Miss Stanwyck posturing in a variety of costumes before a variety of rich hangings and motor cars, there you are. But she remains legally chaste--likewise Miss Crawford,--which is somewhat of a disappointment.