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She Couldn't Say No (1954)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  15 February 1954 (USA)
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As usual with most of the RKO films from this era "presented" by RKO-owner Howard Hughes, the PCA number is usually 500-1000 digits lower than the one from other studios being released at ... See full summary »



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Cast overview:
Doctor Robert Sellers
Korby Lane
Arthur Hunnicutt ...
Odie Chalmers
Ed Meeker
Joe Wheelen
Raymond Walburn ...
Judge Hobart
Jimmy Hunt ...
Ralph Dumke ...
Hope Landin ...
Miss McMurtry
Gus Schilling ...
Ed Gruman
Eleanor Todd ...
Sally Watson
Pinky Tomlin ...
Elmer Wooley


As usual with most of the RKO films from this era "presented" by RKO-owner Howard Hughes, the PCA number is usually 500-1000 digits lower than the one from other studios being released at the time, indicating it was released a year or more after it was completed. This one finds heiress Corby Lane (Jean Simmons) coming to a small Arkansas town to play Santa Claus because, when she was a small child traveling with her impoverished father, the townspeople saved her life by donating money needed for medical treatment. She meets and falls in love with "Doc" Sellers (Robert Mitchum), an easy-going doctor who enjoys fishing and the unhurried pace of the town. Corby's gesture of handing out money and lavish gifts to the citizens backfires when, after it has been publicized, the town becomes the destination of every wayward traveler and fortune seeker. Written by Les Adams <>

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15 February 1954 (USA)  »

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She Had to Say Yes  »

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Odie Chalmers: As sheriff of this county, I arrest you on three counts: count o' you parked your car in the bus space; count of assault and battery and count of you ain't no account
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Sweet little picture, better than might be expected.
14 November 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Some published reviews of this picture roast it as an inane waste of time, but having seen the film prior to reading those reviews, I was quite surprised. Although there is nothing magnificent about the movie, and it has its far-fetched quotient, it is nonetheless quite a lovely little picture. The awkwardness of the set-up is almost completely outweighed by the believability and lovability of most of the characters. I'm generally of the opinion that Robert Mitchum can do no wrong, but I was unprepared for the calm and masculine sweetness of his performance in a role that might normally have gone to Robert Young or Robert Cummings. Jean Simmons is much more interesting in roles where she can smolder a little, but she's almost adorable here. And the supporting cast, especially Arthur Hunnicutt, is both true to small-town life and quite excellent at depicting well-drawn and individual characters. And my goodness, whatever happened to Eleanor Todd, the cutie who yearns for Mitchum's affections? She apparently appeared in one other film, also with Mitchum. She's really attractive and interesting in what might otherwise have been a cardboard role. Nice little surprise, this picture.

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