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Virginia Van Upp (screenplay) &
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Release Date:
29 November 1945 (USA) See more »
Susan Lane is a gifted psychiatrist, grounded in self-control. Before returning by train to her practice in Chicago... See more » | Add synopsis »
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A great howl throughout, and as good as ever See more (12 total) »


  (in credits order)

Rosalind Russell ... Dr. Susan A. Lane
Lee Bowman ... Michael Kent
Adele Jergens ... Allura
Charles Winninger ... Doctor Lane

Harry Davenport ... Albert
Sara Haden ... Laura Pitts
Percy Kilbride ... Judge Whittaker
Lewis L. Russell ... Colonel Brady (as Lewis Russell)
Mary Treen ... Train Passenger at Bar
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Charles Arnt ... Train Conductor (uncredited)
William Austin ... Receptionist (uncredited)
Willie Best ... Porter (uncredited)
Al Bridge ... Conductor (uncredited)
Arthur Q. Bryan ... Train Passenger (uncredited)
George Cleveland ... Ticket Seller (uncredited)
Dudley Dickerson ... Waiter (uncredited)
Tom Dugan ... Cab Driver (uncredited)
Edward Gargan ... Cab Driver (uncredited)
Don Garner ... Soldier (uncredited)
Eugene Gericke ... Gin Rummy Player (uncredited)
Jesse Graves ... Porter (uncredited)
Mary Green ... Passenger (uncredited)
Russell Hicks ... Mr. Lindsay - Patient (uncredited)
Doris Houck ... Girl (uncredited)
Coulter Irwin ... John Coake - Soldier in Hospital (uncredited)
Elmer Jerome ... Ticket Seller (uncredited)
Marilyn Johnson ... Girl (uncredited)
Kenner G. Kemp ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
George Lee ... Chinese Soldier (uncredited)
Eily Malyon ... Spinster on Train (uncredited)
Sam McDaniel ... Train Steward (uncredited)

Darren McGavin ... The Kid - Soldier in Hospital (uncredited)
Alex Melesh ... Nightclub Waiter (uncredited)
Edwin Mills ... Gin Rummy Player (uncredited)
Ida Moore ... Spinster on Train (uncredited)
Mantan Moreland ... Porter (uncredited)

Clarence Muse ... Porter (uncredited)
Frank O'Connor ... Man in Corridor (uncredited)
Mabel Paige ... Mrs. Martha Whittaker (uncredited)
Almira Sessions ... Miss Downer (uncredited)
Nick Stewart ... Porter (uncredited)

Carl 'Alfalfa' Switzer ... Delivery Boy (uncredited)
John Tyrrell ... Traveling Salesman on Train (uncredited)
Ray Walker ... Doctor (uncredited)
Ernest Whitman ... Train Bartender (uncredited)
Cora Witherspoon ... Mrs. Peterson - Patient (uncredited)

Directed by
Alexander Hall 
Writing credits
Virginia Van Upp (screenplay) &
John Jacoby (screenplay) &
Sarett Tobias (screenplay)

László Görög (story) (as Laslo Gorog) &
Wilhelm Thiele (story) (as William Thiele)

Produced by
Virginia Van Upp .... producer
Original Music by
Marlin Skiles 
Cinematography by
Joseph Walker (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Viola Lawrence 
Art Direction by
Stephen Goosson  (as Stephen Goossón)
Van Nest Polglase 
Set Decoration by
Wilbur Menefee 
Costume Design by
Jean Louis (gowns)
Makeup Department
Clay Campbell .... makeup artist
Helen Hunt .... hair stylist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Rex Bailey .... assistant director
Sound Department
Jack A. Goodrich .... sound recordist (as Jack Goodrich)
Russell Malmgren .... re-recording and effects mixer (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Lawrence W. Butler .... miniatures (uncredited)
Lawrence W. Butler .... special optical effects (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Ned Scott .... still photographer
Victor Scheurich .... second camera (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Travis Banton .... gowns: Miss Russell
Music Department
Morris Stoloff .... musical director (as M.W. Stoloff)
Arthur Morton .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Edwin Wetzel .... music mixer (uncredited)
Other crew
Norman Deming .... assistant to producer
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
87 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Did You Know?

"Screen Director's Playhouse" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on June 2, 1950 with Rosalind Russell reprising her film role.See more »
Albert:Nobody's too old for anything, but unhappiness!See more »


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8 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
A great howl throughout, and as good as ever, 29 October 2010
Author: SimonJack from United States

This is an exceptional comedy in that each person of the cast of nearly two dozen adds something to the humor. Thus, the supporting cast does even more to help the main stars deliver a great hilarious movie. Yet, the few reviews to the time of this writing seemed to miss much of the humor because it was dated, out of tune with the present times, or not politically correct. Too bad for them.

Why do some people think comedy has to be written, lived and acted only in the present milieu? That would make everything from the past as terrible as most of what passes as humor in recent years. Why would some people put today's restrictions on a film to strangle and stifle the genuine humor that it contained when made? A reviewer will refer to films made before "the code," as though that was a hindrance in itself to films. Then that same reviewer will try to impose a modern "code" that would restrict a film even more. Instead, should we not look for the humor as it was expressed and felt in those times past?

Who says the one or two headline stars of a film have to stand out with the best lines all the time? Who says a supporting cast can't steal the scene with occasional bursts of comedic brilliance? Who says that scripts and writers can't spread the humor around as appropriate and for the best laughs? Who says that the customs and mores of a time past can't be funny in the present -- or understood and appreciated as they were originally? Who says that the social customs that guided filmmaking in the past can't still be sources of hilarity and laughter today?

Maybe it's a sign of the times that so many people today can't laugh at themselves and the world around them. Perhaps we need to look more closely at the past when in seriously tough and dour times people were able to laugh at their foibles and those of others. And the movie makers were able to give them great fodder for laughter, as in this film, "She Wouldn't Say Yes." I laughed long and hard in several spots in this film. If you didn't on first viewing, watch it again. Turn off the critic and just watch the people and listen to the exchanges.

Look for the funny in a deadpan expression. Look for the hilarity in a seemingly flat response. Look for the humor in all the usual places as well. And look and watch for the laughter that lay hidden and ready to pounce from so many sharp turns or quick changes in scene of a fast and screwy script. This movie is a great howl throughout.

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