She Couldn't Say No (1930)

Genres - Comedy  |   Run Time - 70 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Its breezy, upbeat title notwithstanding, She Couldn't Say No leans heavily toward the melodramatic. Winnie Lightner plays Winnie Harper, a brassy cabaret singer who falls in love with gentleman gangster Jerry Casey (Chester Morris). So smitten is Jerry that he sets up Winnie in her own nightclub, for which she is eternally grateful. But Jerry can't keep his eyes -- or his hands -- away from society gal Iris (Sally Eilers), sending Winnie into a professional and personal funk. Our hero wises up long enough to help restore Winnie to stardom, but a happy reunion is prevented by the bullets of a rival gangster. Students of 1930s movie stereotypes are advised to scrutinize the "pansy" portrayal offered by Johnny Arther and the traditional malaprop-spouting black maidservant impersonated by Louise Beavers.

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forbidden-love, friendship, gangster, love, nightclub, socialite, stars [celebrities]