She Couldn't Say No (1930 film)

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She Couldn't Say No
She Couldn't Say No 1930 Poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Lloyd Bacon
Written by Benjamin M. Kaye (play)
Arthur Caesar
Robert Lord
Harvey F. Thew
Starring Winnie Lightner
Chester Morris
Sally Eilers
Johnny Arthur
Music by Joe Burke
Cinematography James Van Trees
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release dates
  • February 15, 1930 (1930-02-15)
Running time 70 minutes
Country United States
Language English
For other movies with this title, see She Couldn't Say No.

She Couldn't Say No (1930) is an All-Talking musical drama that stars Winnie Lightner, fresh from her success in Gold Diggers of Broadway (1929). It was adapted from a play by Benjamin M. Kaye. An aspiring singer ends up in a love triangle with a gangster and a socialite.


Winnie Lightner plays the part of a nightclub entertainer. This club is owned by a notorious gangster named Big John (played by Tully Marshall). Chester Morris, a gangster, begins dating Lightner and becomes her manager in an attempt to go straight. Morris manages to put Lightner in fancy society nightclub. Morris, however, falls in love with a rich customer, played by Sally Eilers. In order to be able to buy gifts worthy of his new socialite girlfriend, and also to get money for Lightner's upcoming revue, Morris asks Big John for another job. Morris tells Lightner about his love for Eilers but she disproves and thinks that Eilers is not serious about their relationship. Later on, Morris gets arrested and Lightner pays his bail, but is broken hearted when Morris leaves her to return to Eilers. Lightner, with the help of Johnny Arthur, her pianist, lands a job in a revue and attempts to forget Morris. Nevertheless, when she hears that Morris is in trouble with his fellow gang members, she goes to try to help him.


Lobby Card for "She Couldn't Say No"


All songs were performed by Lightner.

  • "Watching My Dreams Go By", lyrics by Al Dubin, music by Joe Burke
  • "A Darn Fool Woman Like Me", Al Dubin and Joe Burke
  • "Bouncing the Baby Around", Al Dubin and Joe Burke
  • "Ping Pongo"
  • "The Poison Kiss of That Spaniard"


The film appears to be lost,[citation needed] but the soundtrack survives intact on Vitaphone disks.


  1. ^ "Plot synopsis". Allmovie. Retrieved 2008-03-03. 

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