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The Girl Said No (1937)

Jimmy, a bookie cum horse buying agent, meets a beautiful dance hall girl. After leading him on, and out of his money, she rejects him. Jimmy hatches a scheme to wreak revenge on her. He ... See full summary »

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Andrew L. Stone
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Armstrong ... Jimmie Allen
Irene Hervey ... Pearl Proctor / Peep-Bo
Paula Stone ... Mabel
Edward Brophy ... Pick
William Danforth William Danforth ... Howard Hathaway / The Mikado
Vera Ross Vera Ross ... Beatrice Hathaway / Katisha
Holmes Herbert ... Charles Dillon (scenes deleted)
Richard Tucker ... Charles Dillon
Harry Tyler ... Chuck Fairfax
Gwili Andre ... Gretchen Holman
Max Davidson ... Max
Josef Swickard ... Jonesy
Bert Roach ... Sugar Plum
Horace Murphy ... Joe
Vivian Hart Vivian Hart ... Beatrice / Pitti-Sing
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Jimmy, a bookie cum horse buying agent, meets a beautiful dance hall girl. After leading him on, and out of his money, she rejects him. Jimmy hatches a scheme to wreak revenge on her. He pretends to be a talent agent and that she is his new discovery. he promises to make her a stage star. He engages an out of work Gilbert & Sullivan troupe on a performance of Gilbert & Sullivan's The Mikado in order to convince the girl that he is for real. All goes well and his scheme works. The only problem is that the girl now loves him, as does the entire, previously down on their luck troupe of players. Written by Julie Southwell

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Comedy | Musical

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 October 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

With Words and Music See more »

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Budget:

$70,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Also may be known as "With Words and Music". See more »

Soundtracks

A Wand'ring Minstrel I
(uncredited)
from "The Mikado"
Music by Arthur Sullivan
Lyrics by W.S. Gilbert
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Damon Runyan meets D'Oyly Carte!
29 October 2010 | by jandb600See all my reviews

What a strange film! Some quite witty dialogue between Armstrong and the very pretty Irene Hervey, who plays the 10 cents a dance hostess. I found the "Swingland" scenes fascinating. And plenty for the G and S fan by way of set pieces. Robert Armstrong is quite convincing as the ripped-off punter intent on retrieving his cash from the girl who's relieved him of his money. It's hard to see who this film is aimed at. Fans of stock crime or romance films would be (possibly) annoyed at the amount of G and S, while operetta fans may not like the rather silly, contrived plot. I'm not sure if the phrase "genre busting" had been coined at that time (I suspect not!) but I feel this film falls into this category. All in all, this film kept me watching. A must for any G and S completist!


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