See My Lawyer bongs and clatters like a bowling alley, but instead of ripping off strikes & spares, the pins go down only two or three at a time, and the pin boys are much too slow in setting them up again. The show has laughs, but never (as a farce must) piles up its laughter; everybody works a little too hard, tries to be a little too crazy. It's the old George Abbott formula minus the old George Abbott form: quite a drop from the headlong days of Three Men on a Horse and Room Service, when in the world of farce, the Abbotts spoke only to God.
Freely mentioned as the inspiration for the crackpot playboy is four-times married, asbestos-protected Tommy Manville. After witnessing the opening performance of See My Lawyer, Manville went on to a nightclub. There, reported spry Columnist Leonard Lyons, Manville encountered Actor Nugent, and putting his arms around Nugent's shoulders, murmured: "Thank you so much for not having made me out a ridiculous character!"