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The Girl Said No

The Girl Said No

William Haines
Director: Sam Wood Cast: William Haines
William Haines
, Leila Hyams
Leila Hyams
, Polly Moran
Polly Moran
Sam Wood

DVD (B&W / Full Frame)



Screenland magazine summed up the William Haines vehicle The Girl Said No thusly: "The star plays another of his cut-up roles that make the critics gnash their teeth and the audience chortle." Had this review been printed in the 1990s, the character played by Haines might have been labelled a demented stalker; in 1930, however, he was merely whimsically over-enthusiastic. The star plays go-getting bond salesman Tom Ward, who can't take no for an answer when his sweetie Mary Howe (Leila Hyams) throws him over in favor of a collar-ad wimp named McAndrews (Francis X. Bushman Jr.) Tom continues to hound Mary at home and at her job, and when all other tactics fail, he kidnaps her from her own wedding, merrily driving off with the outraged heroine bound and gagged in the back seat! Almost as "funny" as this denouement is the scene in which Tom poses as a doctor and gets his "patient" roaring drunk. Only the antics of Marie Dressler (as a reclusive Hetty Green-style financier) and Polly Moran save this so-called comedy from being an utter disaster. The dialogue in The Girl Said No was written by Charles MacArthur, who hopefully didn't use Bill Haines's caveman tactics while courting his own bride, actress Helen Hayes.

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Product Details

Release Date: 07/20/2010
UPC: 0883316262870
Original Release: 1930
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Presentation: [B&W, Full Frame]
Time: 1:30:00
Sales rank: 59,048

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
William Haines Tom Ward
Leila Hyams Mary Howe
Polly Moran Polly
Marie Dressler Hetty Brown
Clara Blandick Mrs. Ward
William Janney Jimmy Ward
Phyllis Crane Alma Ward
Francis X. Bushman J. M. McAndrews
William V. Mong Samuel A. Ward
Frank Coghlan Eddie Ward

Technical Credits
Sam Wood Director
George Boemler Editor
Martin Broones Songwriter
David Cox Costumes/Costume Designer
Fred Fisher Songwriter
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Charles MacArthur Screenwriter
Sarah Y. Mason Screenwriter
Ira Morgan Cinematographer
Frank Sullivan Editor
Truman K. Wood Editor
A.P. Younger Original Story

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