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She Wouldn't Say Yes (1945)

Susan Lane is a gifted psychiatrist, grounded in self-control. Before returning by train to her practice in Chicago, she spends time back East with war veterans, building their self-esteem,... See full summary »

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Susan Lane is a gifted psychiatrist, grounded in self-control. Before returning by train to her practice in Chicago, she spends time back East with war veterans, building their self-esteem, but frowning on the impulsive, as represented by a favorite comic strip called "The Nixie." She bumps into Michael Kent, an officer and the comic strip's author. He likes her instantly and she dislikes him. He's headed to the Pacific, sees her on the train, gets off in Chicago, and with her father's help, pursues her and hatches a plan to marry her. Meanwhile, she has her own plan to get rid of him with the help of a blond patient. Will the Nixie get into her psyche? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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29 November 1945 (USA)  »

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Some Call It Love  »

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The release date of the film caused an anachronism in the plot: the traveling Kent character is en route to Japan, via San Francisco, and mentions at least three times he is "off to war" - but the war ended three months earlier. See more »

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On a door in the ward in which we first see Russell plying her trade, there appears -- in raised lettering, no less -- the embarrassingly misspelled legend "Neuro-Pyschiatric Ward." See more »

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Allura: All my life, I have tried to keep away from men, but there is something about me.
Dr. Susan Lane: That's quite obvious.
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One Real Issue -- it's not funny!
26 December 2010 | by See all my reviews

She Wouldn't Say Yes has a real, glaring problem; the script isn't funny. After a promising start -- a young, un-credited Darren McGavin as a war-weary GI sets up the main thrust of the plot -- the story starts to unravel. Yes, the premise is dated - and the ending is predictable by the second reel - but those aren't the problems with the film.

Rosalind Russell performance is wonderful. I'm not sure Lee Bowman is up to the task as our hero, it's hard to tell since his character's motivation waffles in and out - but I know that the supporting cast does a fine job.

The script seems to lose it's way, piling on needless twists. Scenes seem to go on forever .. the "I want to marry you" scene, obviously built upon a "who's on First" type misunderstanding, goes on forever, without much payoff.

Characters walk in and out of sets as if they each have skeleton keys, just showing up to add their 2 cents.

The wrap-up is abrupt -- Our heroine's change of heart is forced and un-motivated. And, for a "Screw-ball comedy", the pacing is lack-luster.

All in all - this film is disposable, unless you are a Rosalind Russell completist.


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