The film has some interesting expressionist touches. Keeler is shown in a fancied trial in a fancied courtroom in which she alone faces the judge, the backdrop showing a painted audience. She walks out of this into a real scene. Later there is a scene in which she goes to a high class reception and the figures are all dummies.
The film gives ample time to show her side of things and very little time to the repercussions. At times, the movie is slow going, but it has its merits, mainly in showing the complex relationship of her and Ward. How accurate it is, that's another question. Ward is shown as kind of a Svengali pimp who intends to and does develop Keeler into a consort of upper class people. There is an orgy scene, tame by today's standards, but perhaps risque for the time.
I was surprised by how deep Barrymore's voice sounded. The sound track is peculiar. But he doesn't look dubbed. The synchronization is perfect.
The movie fits into a category of cheapie films depicting lowlife or sensationalistic behavior, done in a more or less rough way.