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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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Jimmie Ward
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Alma Ward
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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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(Turner library print) | (copyright length)

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.20 : 1
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M-G-M also released this film as a silent version at 1,759.30 m. See more »

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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 »

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Tom Ward: Say, Mom, can you cook!
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I Don't Want Your Kisses (If I Can't Have Your Love)
(1928) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Martin Broones and Fred Fisher
Played during the opening credits and at the end
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One-Scene Dressler saves extremely poor early talkie comedy
2 May 2005 | by (Putney, VT) – See all my reviews

I couldn't believe how bad this film was - one of the worst of the early talkies and I've seen quite a few. It was dull, unfunny, statically photographed, amateurishly edited, stage bound, and abusive. The sound was very badly mixed - crowd scene noises drowned out the principal speakers in many scenes. MGM was obviously trying to find its way in the talkie world.

I have seen Haines in BROWN OF HARVARD and SHOW PEOPLE, so this is my first Haines talkie. I found him very untalented, both comedically and dramatically - his character was so obnoxious that I wanted him shot and buried about twenty minutes into the film and felt that way for the rest. With one exception no one else in the case, including Polly Moran, was a standout. That one exception was Marie Dressler.

In a ten minute sequence beginning one hour and eight minutes into the 92 minute film, she plays a rich woman (Hettie Brown - a slimly veiled reference to Hetty Green- the Witch of Wall Street and wealthiest woman in the world at the time). Haines trying to make good as a bond salesman approaches her in the guise of a doctor and administers alcohol. She immediately gets drunk and well, you have to see and hear it to believe it - an absolute gem of a scene.

Dressler's supporting work here and in ANNA Christie that same year revealed her comedic/dramatic range and put her on the MGM map. Although she and Moran did not share any scenes in this film, the pair went on to co-star in a number of very funny MGM comedies in the early thirties.

See this only for the ten minute Haines and Dressler sequence. It's a howl.


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