She Couldn't Say No (1930 film)
|She Couldn't Say No|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Lloyd Bacon|
|Written by||Benjamin M. Kaye (play)
Harvey F. Thew
|Music by||Joe Burke|
|Cinematography||James Van Trees|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros.|
|Running time||70 minutes|
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.
- Winnie Lightner as Winnie Harper
- Chester Morris as Jerry Casey
- Sally Eilers as Iris
- Johnny Arthur as Tommy Blake, Harper's pianist, a stereotypical gay character
- Tully Marshall as Big John
- Louise Beavers as Cora
- Bill Elliott as Extra (as Gordon Elliott)
- Phyllis Haver as Extra (Not Credited)
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"
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