The Girl Said No


1h 32m 1930
The Girl Said No

Brief Synopsis

A college sports star surprises everyone with his money-making schemes.

Film Details

Genre
Comedy
Romance
Release Date
Mar 15, 1930
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 32m
Sound
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
8,382ft (10 reels)

Synopsis

Tom Ward, a cocky young football hero, returns home after graduation determined to conquer the world. He begins a flirtation with Mary Howe, secretary to his rival, McAndrews, and in a restaurant he bribes a waiter to spill soup on her employer. Although offered a local banking job, Tom stakes his fortunes on a scheme to sell bonds to wealthy old Hattie Brown, a befuddled spinster, and achieves the difficult task while posing as a doctor by getting her drunk. Finally, desperate over Mary's engagement to McAndrews, Tom kidnaps her from the altar. In a chase finale she is convinced that he loves her.

Film Details

Genre
Comedy
Romance
Release Date
Mar 15, 1930
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 32m
Sound
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
8,382ft (10 reels)

Articles

The Girl Said No


After the boxoffice success of Anna Christie (1930) and the rave reviews that not only Greta Garbo received for her performance but also her co-star Marie Dressler, MGM management decided to cast the latter actress in the William Haines comedy, The Girl Said No (1930). Although Dressler was happy to have a new assignment from the studio, she had to hide her disappointment over the script and her role.

According to biographer Betty Lee in The Unlikeliest Star, "It seemed fairly obvious..that although MGM was impressed with Dressler's potential...the top office did not know how to handle their unique new contract player. Louis B. Mayer, who had already informed his minions that he wanted Dressler to be marketed as a mother figure who was also a battered version of life's wars, asked her to lunch in his private bungalow on the Culver City lot. Not only did Dressler appear to be a substantial mother figure in real life, MGM's boss was also aware that the actress exuded an easy air of upper-class panache. She was, he decided, a far classier individual than the Hollywood glamour girls he often professed to disdain."

In The Girl Said No, William Haines plays a college sports star who surprises everyone with his money-making schemes and, in a supporting role, Dressler plays a befuddled spinster who is offered bonds for sale by Haines. Variety reported that "The movie has a few genuine laughs, a title that has possibilities it doesn't live up to and a cast of players, all out of their element except Polly Moran and Marie Dressler."

Dressler would go on to star in a total of seven films in 1930 and win the Best Actress Oscar® for her performance in Min and Bill, opposite Wallace Beery.

Producer: Sam Wood
Director: Sam Wood
Screenplay: Sarah Y. Mason, Charles Macarthur, from a story by A. P. Younger
Cinematography: Ira H. Morgan
Art Direction: Cedric Gibbons
Film Editing: Frank Sullivan
Cast: William Haines (Tom Ward), Leila Hyams (Mary Howe), Polly Moran (Polly), Marie Dressler (Hettie Brown), Francis X. Bushman (J. M. McAndrews), Clara Blandick (Mrs. Ward), William Janney (Jimmie Ward).
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The Girl Said No

The Girl Said No

After the boxoffice success of Anna Christie (1930) and the rave reviews that not only Greta Garbo received for her performance but also her co-star Marie Dressler, MGM management decided to cast the latter actress in the William Haines comedy, The Girl Said No (1930). Although Dressler was happy to have a new assignment from the studio, she had to hide her disappointment over the script and her role. According to biographer Betty Lee in The Unlikeliest Star, "It seemed fairly obvious..that although MGM was impressed with Dressler's potential...the top office did not know how to handle their unique new contract player. Louis B. Mayer, who had already informed his minions that he wanted Dressler to be marketed as a mother figure who was also a battered version of life's wars, asked her to lunch in his private bungalow on the Culver City lot. Not only did Dressler appear to be a substantial mother figure in real life, MGM's boss was also aware that the actress exuded an easy air of upper-class panache. She was, he decided, a far classier individual than the Hollywood glamour girls he often professed to disdain." In The Girl Said No, William Haines plays a college sports star who surprises everyone with his money-making schemes and, in a supporting role, Dressler plays a befuddled spinster who is offered bonds for sale by Haines. Variety reported that "The movie has a few genuine laughs, a title that has possibilities it doesn't live up to and a cast of players, all out of their element except Polly Moran and Marie Dressler." Dressler would go on to star in a total of seven films in 1930 and win the Best Actress Oscar® for her performance in Min and Bill, opposite Wallace Beery. Producer: Sam Wood Director: Sam Wood Screenplay: Sarah Y. Mason, Charles Macarthur, from a story by A. P. Younger Cinematography: Ira H. Morgan Art Direction: Cedric Gibbons Film Editing: Frank Sullivan Cast: William Haines (Tom Ward), Leila Hyams (Mary Howe), Polly Moran (Polly), Marie Dressler (Hettie Brown), Francis X. Bushman (J. M. McAndrews), Clara Blandick (Mrs. Ward), William Janney (Jimmie Ward). BW-89m.

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