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The Girl Said No (1930)

Passed | | Comedy, Romance | 15 March 1930 (USA)
A brash, pushy young man gets a job in a bank and sets his cap for his boss's secretary, but the death of his father makes him reassess his priorities.

Director:

Sam Wood

Writers:

Sarah Y. Mason (adapted by), Andrew Percival Younger (from a story by) (as A.P. Younger) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
William Haines ... Tom Ward
Leila Hyams ... Mary Howe
Polly Moran ... Polly
Marie Dressler ... Hettie Brown
Francis X. Bushman Jr. ... McAndrews
Clara Blandick ... Mrs. Ward
William Janney ... Jimmie Ward
William V. Mong ... Mr. Ward
Frank Coghlan Jr. ... Eddie Ward (as Junior Coghlan)
Phyllis Crane Phyllis Crane ... Alma Ward
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Storyline

Tom Ward is just back from College and the only thing that he seemed to learn is how to be obnoxious and loud. He forgoes a bank job to work at Sutton and Company just to make time with Mary, McAndrews' fiancée. Mary warms to Tom, but his work is such that his job is history. After losing his father, it is up to Tom to support and care for his family. His attitude towards work changes, but not his attitude towards Mary. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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WISE-CRACKING! SMART-ALECK! LOVABLE! (original poster) See more »

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Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 March 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

College Days See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(Turner library print) | (copyright length)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Mr. Ward mentions his son's college diploma cost him $18,000. That would equate to $259,000 in 2016. See more »

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The film begins in broad daylight, then just after the car avoids being hit by the train at the railroad crossing, the car is in a minor fender-bender with a tree which appears to take place at night, then in the next scene when the car pulls up in front of the house, it's daylight again. See more »

Quotes

Tom Ward: [Sarcastically] And how are you employing your great talents this evening?
J. Marvin McAndrews: [Annoyred] Minding my own business principly.
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Singin' in the Rain
(1929) (uncredited)
Music by Nacio Herb Brown
Lyrics by Arthur Freed
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William Haines & Marie Dressler Hilarious in Early Talkie Comedy
26 January 2000 | by Ron OliverSee all my reviews

1930. Silents were dead, talkies were king & it was William Haines golden Hollywood year. His pictures - he starred in 3 - made enough money at the box-office to make him the top male movie star of that year. THE GIRL SAID NO is one of those films.

It is very much a typical Haines comedy, with lots of silliness based on his boyish character (although he was 30, he plays a college kid). His wealthy father dies, leaving his family penniless and Haines in need of finding money. The plot revolves around his attempts to make good in a new job, where he tries to impress Leila Hyams, the pretty secretary he meets there.

Also in the cast are Francis X. Bushman, Jr. as Haines' rival; Clara Blandick (Auntie Em in THE WIZARD OF OZ 9 years later); and the ubiquitous Polly Moran. The inimitable & irrepressible Marie Dressler appears in only one scene, but it's a dandy. She plays a very rich potential client who mistakes Haines for her new doctor, which generates a hilarious slapstick sequence. With this one 10-minute segment, talkie comedy was off to a very good start.


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