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She Couldn't Say No (1952)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama | 15 February 1954 (USA)
A wealthy heiress returns to a small Arkansas town to furtively reward the townsfolk who helped to save her life when she was a young girl.

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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 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 <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Opening credits: The characters and events depicted in this photoplay are fictional. Any similarity to actual persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental. See more »

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If a person honked her car horn as often as Simmons did, she'd be arrested for disturbing the peace. In addition, she abused the medical-alert horn for frivolous reasons, another misdemeanour. See more »

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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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What a waste of time
23 April 2012 | by See all my reviews

Given that this movie starred one of my favorite actors – Mitchum – and a couple of my favorite character actors – Ford and Hunnicutt – I was surprised how much I disliked it. The premise is promising: a wealthy young woman (Simmons) returns to the small town of Progress, Arkansas where as a small child the town's people saved her life by raising the money for an operation she needed. She wants to repay them by anonymously making their financial dreams come true. Upon arriving in Progress, she first looks for the doctor most responsible for saving her life and finds that he has died and his son has taken over the practice. Mitchum's character is an easy- going country doctor with an innate kindness and pleasing manner. The Simmons character is completely unlikable – egocentric to an amazing degree. Her "kindnesses" are not really kind and are done with the arrogance of one who is sure that she knows best regardless of all indications to the contrary. Her later speech of contriteness sounds phony. Mitchum walks through his part but at least is someone one actually would like to know. All of the character actors do a marvelous job, but my favorite scene was that of Dabbs Greer as a new father carrying his just born daughter into his wife and telling her "thank you." It was so touching. Greer nailed this scene perfectly. Even so, this is one movie I won't be watching again.


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