As the only woman director of note to work in Hollywood during its heyday, Dorothy Arzner is best appreciated through the old talking-dog principle: the wonder isn’t that she directs well, but that she directs at all. A great deal of stodginess and technical uncertainty has to be forgiven in order to enjoy her work, although it does reveal, when prodded, a definite feminist perspective. In this 1940 drama Lucille Ball plays a burlesque queen; Maureen O’Hara is her friend and colleague, a would-be ballerina. The themes are female friendship and a woman’s fulfillment, and it is one of Arzner’s most coherent and accomplished films.