It's a pretty solid weepie, although a lot of the characters jump to conclusions that could have been solved had Alec just sat his parents down and explained things to them. Even so, you sympathize with him because he's such a lonely guy, and Carole Lombard is striking as Julie, who's pretty much dragged through the mud through no fault of her own. Even Maida (played well by Kay Francis) is initially somewhat forgivable--she's deceptive, sure, but she's also in denial about certain things. You do end up hating her though, and even if the ending is cliched, you're glad she gets her comeuppance. The movie works because of the performances, over all.