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He Couldn't Say No (1938)

An office clerk is harassed by his girlfriend's mother.

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(as Lew Seiler)

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Violet Coney
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Mrs. Coney
Diana Lewis ...
Iris Mabby
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Senator Mabby
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Oxnard O. Parsons
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Slug, a Gangster
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Hymie Atlas, a Gangster
John Ridgely ...
Ed, the Man-On-The-Street Radio Reporter
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Musgrave
Cliff Clark ...
Auctioneer
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Julia Becker, the Sculptor
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Office clerk Lambert T. Hunkins gets a ten-dollar raise and his girlfriend, Violet Coney, and her mother learn that he has also some money saved, and decide it is time Lambert and Violet got married and start supporting them. Lambert is secretly in lone with Iris Mabby, daughter of Senator Mabby, and he clips all the pictures of her that appears in the newspapers. Violet and Mom railroad him into getting engaged to Violet, and take him to an auction to buy for furniture for future use. Instead, he buys an-unauthorized statue of Iris. Her father wants it back, Lambert refuses and won't sell it at any price. Then a trio of gangsters show up with intentions of selling it to the senator at a very high price. Complications ensue en mass. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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HE GAMBLED ON LIFE...and won first prize in a love sweepstakes


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Passed | See all certifications »
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19 March 1938 (USA)  »

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Larger than Life  »

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The play by Joseph Schrank opened in Springfield, Massachusetts on 16 March 1936. See more »

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Character Actors In Leading Roles Make For A Charming Movie
21 September 2006 | by (NY, NY) – See all my reviews

Frank McHugh is the star. He is a soft-spoken employee of a big company. As the movie starts, we see him on a very realistic looking subway to work.

Jane Wyman works with him. Wyman looks different from her usual. Her hair is dark, as it was in her later movies. But the face seems a little different. As always, she is appealing. Her mother is played in hilarious fashion by Cora Witherspoon.

The lovely Diana Lewis is an heiress McHugh is pining for. She looks gorgeous and plays this aloof but kind character to perfection.

The title refers to an auction. What happens at the auction results in the appearance of standard comical bad guys. One of them is burly Tom Kennedy, who played the same sort of role over and over -- always amusingly -- at Warner Brothers in the 1930s and forties.


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