The Girl Said No (1930)

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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.


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  • William Haines and Leila Hyams in The Girl Said No (1930)
  • William Haines and Leila Hyams in The Girl Said No (1930)
  • William Haines and Leila Hyams in The Girl Said No (1930)
  • William Haines and Leila Hyams in The Girl Said No (1930)

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9 August 2008 | wes-connors
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| Laughing It Up
Winsome graduate William Haines (as Tom Ward) comes home, intending to enter the job market, while retaining his college lifestyle. Mr. Haines is accustomed fast cars, frequent parties, and women who don't say "No!" While seeking employment at "Sutton & Co.", Haines flips over pretty blonde secretary Leila Hyams (as Mary Howe). But, the otherwise engaged Ms. Hyams wants nothing to do with the graduate. Although "The Girl Said No", Haines refuses to give up...

The Haines formula film, with sound, rang up the cash register for MGM. This film was the most profitable of the 1930 hits which propelled William Haines to the top of the box office charts. For the year 1930, he was the US #1 Male "Box Office Star", according to the industry standard list, complied by Quigley Publications. "The Girl Said No" finds Haines graduating from college at a later age than most (he's about the same age as Dustin Hoffman in "The Graduate"). Haines' fine voice, comic timing, and physicality make the most of a weak, inappropriate, story...

Highlights are Haines' driving Hyams crazy in his car, especially when she tries to drive away without him; and, a terrific extended session with Haines posing as Marie Dressler's doctor. Ms. Dressler (as Hettie Brown) is hilarious; and, the two play extremely well together. Polly Moran also appears, as Haines' loyal housekeeper. Haines and Moran don't have as much to do; but, the rapport between Haines and both women should have had producers looking for a suitable co-starring vehicle. The other cast members perform well (and stay out of Haines' way)...

Haines has some fine moments throughout, and shares a classic scene with Dressler...

******* The Girl Said No (3/15/30) Sam Wood ~ William Haines, Leila Hyams, Marie Dressler, Polly Moran

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