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The Lady Says No (1951)

 |  Comedy  |  6 January 1952 (USA)
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A woman writes a best-selling book for women warning them about the "dangers" of men. A handsome photographer for a national magazine arrives in her town to do a feature story on her. Complications ensue.



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Cast overview:
Joan Caulfield ...
Dorinda Hatch
Bill Shelby
Matthew Huntington Hatch
Lenore Lonergan ...
Aunt Alice Hatch
Peggy Maley ...
Jeff York ...
George Davis ...
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A woman writes a best-selling book for women warning them about the "dangers" of men. A handsome photographer for a national magazine arrives in her town to do a feature story on her. Complications ensue.

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6 January 1952 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bruden sa' nej  »

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At 1:12:30 Goldie calls Dorinda "Dorothy". See more »


Dorinda Hatch: Well, what makes HER so important ?
Potsy: She don't take no "stuff" from nobody... unless she wants to. Then she takes anything that isn't nailed down.
Dorinda Hatch: Well, I think it's disgusting. Why any woman could get a man like that if she wanted to. I know I could... couldn't I ?
Potsy: You don't have the stuff it takes to take the stuff you don't have.
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits show a woman's hands opening a gift card from a fancily wrapped present, which starts the credits. The next shot is the opening of the gift itself, which turns out to be a book with the title of the movie (based on a book a female author writes). See more »


The Lady Says No
Music by Emil Newman and Herbert W. Spencer
Lyrics by Mel Leven
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Courtship Antics Go Only One Way
19 September 2011 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

The Lady Says No casts Joan Caulfield in a part that Katharine Hepburn would have taken one look at and rejected out of hand. Caulfield plays an early advocate of women's liberation and who authors a book where she tells her female readers many different ways to say 'no' to a man and make it stick. The woman is in some real danger of having that work all too well for her readers and herself.

David Niven plays a Life Magazine photographer who's been all around the world and sampled females from many walks of life. He's assigned to do a feature photo story on Caulfield and the two of them start their antics of courtship which you know will only end one way. Back in 1951 it could only end one way with the Code in place.

Speaking of the Code, this independent United Artist Release is the only kind of film the Breen Office might have been sloppy with the censoring. Otherwise no way a line like "with my trusty female native guide, I thrust myself into the interior of Borneo" could have made the cut. It was the biggest laugh in the film for me.

David Niven could barely summon enough interest to be vaguely charming in this film. The Lady Says No was produced and for one time only directed by Frank Ross for his wife Joan Caulfield. Maybe the film might have rated a bit higher had a comedy specialist like Mitchell Leisen or George Marshall did the directing.

In any event it's a dud and a waste of a talented cast.

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