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She Couldn't Say No (1940)

Approved | | Comedy | 7 December 1940 (USA)
Wally is a lawyer with no clients so when he gets a job to buy a lake and the surrounding 1000 acres for Trans Atlantic Airlines, he jumps at the chance. But when ole man Potter puts a load... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Alice Hinsdale
Banjo Page
Eli Potter
Pansy Hawkins
Spencer Charters ...
Hank Woodcock
Ferris Taylor ...
Judge Jenkins
Ezra Pine
Henry Rockwell
Zeffie Tilbury ...
Ma Hawkins
George Guhl ...
Town Marshal


Wally is a lawyer with no clients so when he gets a job to buy a lake and the surrounding 1000 acres for Trans Atlantic Airlines, he jumps at the chance. But when ole man Potter puts a load of buckshot in his rear, Wally old Potter to hire Turnbull and Johnson to represent Potter in a breach of promise suit. When Wally cannot be found Banjo gets Alice to take the case- which is her first. Her fee for defendant Potter is the Lake and the 1000 acres. When Wally shows up, he has the plaintiff Pansy as a client and his fee is also the lake and the 1000 acres. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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She Was A Lawyer... And So Was He... So They Took Their Heart Troubles To Court!








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7 December 1940 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Though the dialog tells us the film takes place in 1925 (a year before Benjamin Kaye wrote the play on which it is based), the cars, clothes and settings are those of 1940, when it was made. See more »


Version of She Couldn't Say No (1930) See more »


Watching My Dreams Go By
(1929) (uncredited)
Lyric by Al Dubin
Music by Joseph A. Burke
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Lawyers in Love - ADAM'S RIB 9 Years Earlier as A B Movie
8 June 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

SHE COULDN'T SAY NO is very well done little "B" movie comedy from 1940 from Warner Bros., a studio not known for comedies "A" or "B". This 62-minute film stars Eve Arden and Roger Pryor as young lawyers in love who find themselves representing different sides of a breach of promise suit filed by elderly spinster Vera Lewis against her 15-year beau Clem Bevans, a wealthy 80-year-old who can never say yes. This little programmer completely foreshadows the 1949 classic ADAM'S RIB with Hepburn and Tracy although most intriguingly each lawyer here represents the opposite sex client. Perhaps with a bigger budget and revised script, the producers of SHE COULDN'T SAY NO might have whipped up a classic themselves but there is much to enjoy in this little gem particularly the performances. It is a special treat to see Eve Arden playing a very rare starring role in a film rather than the acerbic sidekick that was her specialty. Eve gets a bit of a glamour treatment too with sharp clothes and blonde hair and is superbly cast as the sharp as whip professional woman. One can hardly say the movies wasted her but she shows here she might have given Rosalind Russell a run for her money as the screen's top businesswoman comedienne in similar films. And how nice to see Clem Bevans and Vera Lewis in very large supporting roles; both character performers usually played small unbilled bits. (Of note too, Bevans at 61 is cast as an 80-year-old while Miss Lewis is 68 and plays someone perhaps a few years younger.) There's also the wonderful Ziffie Tilbury, one of the oldest character players of the period playing Vera's mother. This is one of those little unheralded gems Turner Classic Movies unearths now and then that shows why this channel is so special.

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