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He Couldn't Say No (1938)

An office clerk is harassed by his girlfriend's mother.

Director:

Lewis Seiler (as Lew Seiler)

Writers:

Robertson White (screenplay), Joseph Schrank (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Frank McHugh ... Lambert T. Hunkins
Jane Wyman ... Violet Coney
Cora Witherspoon ... Mrs. Coney
Diana Lewis ... Iris Mabby
Berton Churchill ... Senator Mabby
Ferris Taylor ... Oxnard O. Parsons
William Haade ... Slug, a Gangster
Tom Kennedy ... Dimples, a Gangster
Raymond Hatton ... Hymie Atlas, a Gangster
John Ridgely ... Ed, the Man-On-The-Street Radio Reporter
Chester Clute ... Musgrave
Cliff Clark ... Auctioneer
Rita Gould ... Julia Becker, the Sculptor
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Cliff Saum Cliff Saum ... Painter (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

Office clerk Lambert T. Hunkins gets a ten-dollar raise and his girlfriend, Violet Coney, and her mother learn that he has also some money saved, and decide it is time Lambert and Violet got married and start supporting them. Lambert is secretly in lone with Iris Mabby, daughter of Senator Mabby, and he clips all the pictures of her that appears in the newspapers. Violet and Mom railroad him into getting engaged to Violet, and take him to an auction to buy for furniture for future use. Instead, he buys an-unauthorized statue of Iris. Her father wants it back, Lambert refuses and won't sell it at any price. Then a trio of gangsters show up with intentions of selling it to the senator at a very high price. Complications ensue en mass. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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HE GAMBLED ON LIFE...and won first prize in a love sweepstakes


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 March 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Larger than Life See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The play by Joseph Schrank opened in Springfield, Massachusetts on 16 March 1936. See more »

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so-so Performance by Frank McHugh
5 January 2012 | by ksf-2See all my reviews

Annoying little Warner Brothers shortie … only 57 minutes, but they manage to waste a lot of film in a short time. Frank McHugh, with his great comedic character emotions and expressions, had supporting parts in many a film, but he sure couldn't carry this one. Even more annoying is that at every opportunity to get away from the "bad guys", he stays and taunts them more. Furthermore, he is hen-pecked by his girlfriend (Jane Wyman), her mother (Cora Witherspoon), and his boss at work. Just frustrating to watch all around. Cora Witherspoon was a pro, starring with W.C. Fields and other headliners; she frequently played the nosy, next door neighbor or old aunt or sister. The girlfriend, played by Wyman, would go on to win an Oscar for Johnny Belinda in 1948…. after being married to co-star R Reagan for eight years. One of the writers, Joseph Schrank, had also worked on some great shows, like Panama Hattie, Cabin in the Sky, and Ziegfeld Follies, so it was disappointing to see how this one turned out. Skip this one if there's something else on.


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