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The Girl Said No (1930)

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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Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 March 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) 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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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

Polly: [to Tom] Oh, ho - what's taking? And I used to blow your nose for yuh when you had more sense than you got now... and you didn't have much then.
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Soundtracks

Believe Me If All Those Endearing Young Charms
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Music traditional
Lyrics by Thomas Moore (1808)
Sung by William Haines (a cappella)
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How could Sam Wood be responsible for directing this awful early sound film?
10 November 2009 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

After viewing THE GIRL SAID NO, that's the question that haunted me. Apparently, he had no control over WILLIAM HAINES, who, at thirty years old, is playing a brash and rude college student who thinks he's what every girl should want in a man. He's obnoxious to the point of driving the viewer to exasperation and he's the center of the whole story.

It's rough going for anyone to sit through this dreadful early '30s comedy of ill manners. Others in the cast do what they have to do as competently as possible, but nobody can top the mugging and mincing of Haines at his worst.

The only segment that manages to be downright funny is the ten-minute sequence with MARIE DRESSLER. It's a howl. Too bad the script didn't afford Dressler and Haines other moments like this.

LEILA HYAMS is attractive as "the girl," HENRY ARMETTA is amusingly exasperated as the waiter who foolishly agrees to a prank suggested by Haines, and POLLY MORAN almost makes sense out of a poorly written and directed role as a housemaid.

It's really a total waste of time to watch Haines mugging constantly and thinking he's being irresistibly endearing as a comedian. He's not.

But I have liked him in other films of the "silent" era. But this attempt at comedy is unbearably unfunny.


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