This was awful!
I tried to watch this film on Turner and it was torture.
First of all, it's an obvious rip-off of It Happened One Night (right down to the hitchhiking scene) and second of all, Jimmy Stewart's attempt to portray a hard-boiled PI was painful to watch. The studio hadn't figured out what to do with him yet - maybe putting him in a role where he obviously would be compared to Clark Gable taught them what types of characters he shouldn't play!
The story opens with a chopped together mish-mash of "wrongly accused" cliches which were confusing and illogical. The story loped along with dull dialog and dragged-out sequences. I managed to watch about 30 minutes of it before deleting it.
The ironic part of this is that "It Happened One Night" was intended as a punishment for both Colbert & Gable, who the studios thought needed to be put in their places. It was supposed to be just another "programmer" and both stars resented being forced to do it. Nonetheless, it turned out to be a great story that was well-acted and directed and took home the Best Film Oscar. It's THIS film that seems to be an obligation to be fulfilled...no snap, no life, nothing.