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The Girl Said No (1930)

Passed | | Comedy, Romance | 15 March 1930 (USA)
A brash, pushy young man gets a job in a bank and sets his cap for his boss's secretary, but the death of his father makes him reassess his priorities.



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Complete credited cast:
Mary Howe
Hettie Brown
Mrs. Ward
Jimmie Ward
Mr. Ward
Eddie Ward (as Junior Coghlan)
Phyllis Crane ...
Alma Ward


Tom Ward is just back from College and the only thing that he seemed to learn is how to be obnoxious and loud. He forgoes a bank job to work at Sutton and Company just to make time with Mary, McAndrews' fiancée. Mary warms to Tom, but his work is such that his job is history. After losing his father, it is up to Tom to support and care for his family. His attitude towards work changes, but not his attitude towards Mary. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Release Date:

15 March 1930 (USA)  »

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College Days  »

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(Turner library print) | (copyright length)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Mr. Ward mentions his son's college diploma cost him $18,000. That would equate to $259,000 in 2016. See more »


The film begins in broad daylight, then just after the car avoids being hit by the train at the railroad crossing, the car is in a minor fender-bender with a tree which appears to take place at night, then in the next scene when the car pulls up in front of the house, it's daylight again. See more »


Tom Ward: [Sarcastically] And how are you employing your great talents this evening?
J. Marvin McAndrews: [Annoyred] Minding my own business principly.
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Singin' in the Rain
(1929) (uncredited)
Music by Nacio Herb Brown
Lyrics by Arthur Freed
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Hard To Understand His Appeal...
4 August 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

William Haines the Star of THE GIRL SAID NO (1930) had created a persona that he played in every film. His character was of the irresponsible young man who through a challenge in his life turns it around and saves the day and gets the girl. In the silent era his pantomime may have been acceptable, but in sound he just comes across as a prissy ham.

THE GIRL SAID NO well illustrates this. For the first half of the picture he mug's at every opportunity. We suppose this behavior makes him endearing to the Female members of the audience of the time. What the Men thought can only be guessed at, but we are sure it was not flattering. Mr. Haines was capable of a more subtle acting style which he illustrated in SHOW PEOPLE (1928). For some reason though he kept returning to his 'Gay Blade' persona. A characterization that did not hold up well to Depression Era audiences.

Louis B. Mayer and Irving Thalberg had come to that conclusion, tastes were changing and they needed Stars that the new audiences could identify with. Using the pretext of Haines homosexuality and the morals clauses in contracts of that time he was forced out of the business. Fortunetly the talented Mr. Haines other skills as a interior decorator with his Hollywood contacts provided a successful second career.

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