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She Couldn't Say No (1954)

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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Doctor Robert Sellers
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Corby Lane
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Odie Chalmers
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Ed Meeker
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Joe Wheelen
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Judge Hobart
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Elmer Wooley
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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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Arthur Hunnicutt, who plays Odie, really was a native of Arkansas. 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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It's better to let well alone
3 February 2012 | by See all my reviews

This movie could easily pass for "angel face" in reverse ,using the same actors,in the genre of comedy;one can only wonder what Frank Capra would have done with such a subject : a woman whose life was saved when she was a child and who wants to thank everybody (at the end everybody sings "Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer "says the news);without a great director the movie lacks tempo,madness ,all that made "it's a wonderful life" " Mr Smith goes to Washington" or "meet John Doe" masterpieces .

"She couldn't say no " is a pleasant little comedy ,with two actors whose chemistry is obvious ,a nice village where you can have an ice cream whenever you want,the fishing parties ,Mitchum tells it so:when Simmons asks him why he did not leave for the broader horizons of a big city ,he did not need to answer .He has found his Shangri La ,his Brigadoon and the ending is revealing:all those people coming from every part of the country and only for the money is a danger for a peaceful community which does not seem to know greed,hunger or violence.


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