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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)

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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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Warner Bros. See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Odd little movie with good intentions but not much substance
19 July 2012 | by csteidlerSee all my reviews

Frank McHugh is mild-mannered office worker Lambert Hunkins. Timid, obedient and physically unimpressive, Lambert is an unlikely hero—until we see him display a unique single-mindedness concerning a life-sized sculpture and the girl after whom it's modeled.

Jane Wyman is McHugh's office co-worker and would-be girlfriend; when he gets a $10 raise, she brings him home to dinner where her mother (Cora Witherspoon) announces that they can now get married—to McHugh's quiet acquiescence rather than great delight.

Witherspoon and Wyman are intended as comic foils, minor villains of a sort; unfortunately, they both come across as more annoying than humorous. McHugh, too, in the early going at least, is a fairly pathetic creature—Stick up for yourself! we want to yell at him. Luckily, before too long he meets…

Diana Lewis, the model for the statue McHugh has purchased (to the shock and dismay of the mother-daughter team, who wanted him to spend the money on furniture). The beautiful Lewis is a bright spot—not only is her performance charming and lovely, but her character's appearance gives McHugh's character a much-needed jolt of energy.

Overall, there's not much to this picture, but it's easy to take….It would have been nice to see Frank McHugh given a little meatier role to star in, but he is likable enough in this very slight but moderately pleasant B movie.


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