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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
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Bill Shelby
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Matthew Huntington Hatch
Lenore Lonergan ...
Goldie
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Aunt Alice Hatch
Peggy Maley ...
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Potsy
Jeff York ...
Goose
George Davis ...
Wharf Rat Bartender
Robert Williams ...
Major General Horatio W. Schofield
Mary Lawrence ...
Mary
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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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| (Ontario)

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(Western Electric Recording)

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At Dorinda's talk, where she is humiliating Bill for whistling at her, she puts pie in his face, yet when he runs off his face is clean. See more »

Quotes

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 »

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The Lady Says No
Music by Emil Newman and Herbert W. Spencer
Lyrics by Mel Leven
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Wow,,,this film tries way too hard and a good cast is wasted.
7 May 2011 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Wow...this movie was so bad that I couldn't even finish it! That's amazing, as I have an ALMOST limitless ability to watch crappy films. I think the reasons I couldn't stick with this one were because it totally wasted a good cast, it tried WAY too hard to be cute and the film was also a sexist mess. So, despite having said I'd watch almost anything with David Niven in it, I'll put this with a few of his films that are simply unwatchable messes--such as "Casino Royale" (1967) and the final Pink Panther film in which he appeared (he was so sick that his lines had to be dubbed by another actor and Peter Sellers wasn't even in the film except for scenes with stock footage).

The film begins with a photographer (Niven) from a magazine is on his way to interview a lady who wrote a book called "The Lady Says No". When he meets her (Joan Caulfield) and her aunt (Frances Bavier) he assumes the older lady wrote the book. After all, he reasons, only an old biddy would write such a dumb book about men and women and relationships!!! He even goes on to SAY this--proving he's a sexist jerk. As for the rest of the film I could stand watching, you see Niven repeatedly act like a boorish sexist--and he seems half asleep in the film. Perhaps he was just too embarrassed by the craptitude of the script. Caulfield seemed to take it a bit more seriously, but even her attempts to make this film watchable were in vain. Overall, it's clichéd, badly written and annoying...and those are only its GOOD points. I can EASILY understand why the studio allowed this movie to pass into the public domain!!


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