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She Had to Say Yes (1933)

Unrated | | Drama, Romance | 15 July 1933 (USA)
It is the bottom of the depression and Sol Glass has the idea that the girls in the stenographic department should be used to entertain the clients. Seems the clients are tiring of the ... See full summary »

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It is the bottom of the depression and Sol Glass has the idea that the girls in the stenographic department should be used to entertain the clients. Seems the clients are tiring of the regular fast and hard women and this would be a change that would allow the girls to go to dinners and see shows. Tom does not want his fiancée, Flo, to go out with clients until he needs her to close a contract with Daniel. After that, she finds that Tom is two timing her with Birdie so she goes out again with Daniel. Everything is going well for a time until Daniel needs her to close a contract with Haines. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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15 July 1933 (USA)  »

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Amor por Atacado  »

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$111,000 (estimated)
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Mr. Bernstein: I don't see why anybody ever started entertaining buyers. We give them value, what more do they want, Mr. Glass?
Sol Glass: Listen, if you were a buyer, a couple a thousand miles away from home, what would you want, Mr. Bernstein?
Tommy Nelson: Yeah, value doesn't keep them from getting hot flashes every night about nine o'clock.
Mr. Goran: Just the same, its time there was a change. There's no novelty to these hard boiled customers girls any more. The same buyers come to town, they meet the same girls. They're getting tired of ...
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Why Can't This Night Go On Forever?
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Music by Isham Jones
Played when Flo leaves the private restaurant room after Mrs. Haines shows up
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A stunning look at the subjugation of women.
22 January 2003 | by See all my reviews

She Had to Say Yes is a masterful expose' of a Depression-era America that was dominated by men. Exploitation, manipulation, and harassment of women is the focus of every scene. The film clearly casts men as the enemy, as every male role is a sleazy businessman constantly trying to trick a woman into sex or into making money for him. The only help for the female lead comes from her female friend, who helps her to gain some self-assurance near the end of the film.

Loretta Young is superb as the lead, maintaining a heartbreaking look of hope and innocence while suffering through terrible yet socially acceptable abuse from every man in her life. Also, Lyle Talbot gives a jaw-dropping portrayal of sleazy machismo and ruthlessness that lend to a truly frightening ending.

The film is quite depressing and the final lines of dialogue will leave your head spinning. Unfortunately, the film is not readily available, but if you get a chance to see it, it will blow you away.


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