A carefree young motor salesman falls in love with a business tycoon's daughter, who introduces him to her father without revealing who she is. But the tycoon is not impressed by his plan for a new chain of petrol stations, so he sells the idea to a rival concern.
Actors were crucial to the success or failure of these early efforts to transcend limited resources. Powell was lucky to make three films with Ian Hunter, whose urbane light-comedy style suited perfectly the roles of a spendthrift who accidentally makes his fortune from filling stations (Something Always Happens) and a lethargic baronet who converts his stately home into a Work Centre for the Weary Wealthy (Lazybones). Both films also provided scope for Powell's irreverent sense of humour and his determination to experiment with sudden changes of texture and tone.
Ian Christie (Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger: Arrows of Desire)