She Couldn't Take It

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She Couldn't Take It
Directed by Tay Garnett
Produced by B. P. Schulberg
Written by Oliver H.P. Garrett
Based on story by C. Graham Baker
Gene Towne
Starring George Raft
Joan Bennett
Walter Connolly
Billie Burke
Lloyd Nolan
Wallace Ford
Music by Howard Jackson
Louis Silvers
Cinematography Leon Shamroy
Edited by Gene Havlick
Columbia Pictures
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date
  • October 8, 1935 (1935-10-08)
Running time
77 minutes
Country United States
Language English

She Couldn't Take It is a 1935 screwball comedy film made at Columbia Pictures, directed by Tay Garnett, written by C. Graham Baker, Gene Towne and Oliver H.P. Garrett, and starring George Raft and Joan Bennett. It was one of the few comedies Raft made in his career.[1]


The film tells the story of the wealthy family Van Dyke: a frustrated patriarch Dan (Walter Connolly); his self-centered wife (Billie Burke); and his spoiled children Tony (James Blakeley) and Carol (Joan Bennett). They have constant run-ins for outrageous behavior.

Dan Van Dyke is sent to prison for tax evasion. His cellmate is bootlegger and fellow convicted tax evader Ricardi. The two men become friends and when Van Dyke dies from a poor heart, he puts Ricardi in charge of his interests.



Raft and Blondell were loaned to Columbia by Paramount to make the film.

The film was originally known as Rich Man's Daughter.[2] It was B.P. Schulberg's first film in a six-picture deal he had with Columbia Pictures.[3]

Filming started 16 July 1935.


The New York Times said the film "has a clinical interest as an example of the confused resentment against the idle rich which Hollywood has been displaying lately" in which the opening scenes "offer considerable promise for a bright-faced comedy of society foibles" but which went downhill once Walter Connolly's character died.[4]

The Los Angeles Times called it "George Raft's best picture" with an "inventive scenario" and "unexpected twists".[5]

After making the film, Tay Garnett went on an around the world cruise.[6]


  1. ^ Everett Aaker, The Films of George Raft, McFarland & Company, 2013 p 66
  2. ^ Scheuer, P. K. (1935, Aug 21). Roma gabriel, european songstress-actress, will star in herbert operetta. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) Retrieved from
  3. ^ COLUMBIA PICTURES PLANS 52 FEATURES. (1935, Jul 02). New York Times (1923-Current File) Retrieved from
  4. ^ Sennwalk, Andrew (November 7, 1935). "'She Couldn't Take It,' a Comedy of the Idle Rich, at the Center -- 'The Melody Lingers On.'". New York Times. 
  5. ^ Scheuer, P. K. (1935, Nov 08). Raft star of clever tale at paramount. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) Retrieved from
  6. ^ A film director of sea tales goes after his own firsthand. (1935, Nov 03). The Washington Post (1923-1954) Retrieved from

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