The Girl Said No (1930)

90 or 92 mins | Comedy | 15 March 1930

Director:

Sam Wood

Cinematographer:

Ira Morgan

Editor:

Frank Sullivan

Production Designer:

Cedric Gibbons

Production Company:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.
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HISTORY

The 4 Jan 1930 Exhibitors Herald-World announced that the production starting date for Fresh From College was 19 Nov 1929. The title was later changed.
       According to contemporary sources, a silent version of the film, with a length of 5,772 ft., was released to theaters not yet equipped for sound. Although she is called "Polly" in the film, some contemporary sources refer to the character portrayed by Polly Moran as "Hildegarde." Modern sources add Lee Phelps, Agostino Borgato and Wilson Benge to the cast. ...

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The 4 Jan 1930 Exhibitors Herald-World announced that the production starting date for Fresh From College was 19 Nov 1929. The title was later changed.
       According to contemporary sources, a silent version of the film, with a length of 5,772 ft., was released to theaters not yet equipped for sound. Although she is called "Polly" in the film, some contemporary sources refer to the character portrayed by Polly Moran as "Hildegarde." Modern sources add Lee Phelps, Agostino Borgato and Wilson Benge to the cast.

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Exhibitors Herald-World
4 Jan 1930
p. 59
Film Daily
6 Apr 1930
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New York Times
5 Apr 1930
p. 23
Variety
9 Apr 1930
p. 22
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Sam Wood Production
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
Dir
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITORS
Film ed
Truman K. Wood
Film ed
Film ed
COSTUMES
Ward
SOUND
Rec dir
SOURCES
SONGS
"I Don't Want Your Kisses If I Can't Have Your Love," words and music by Martin Broones and Fred Fisher.
SONGWRITER/COMPOSER
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Fresh From College
Release Date:
15 March 1930
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 4 Apr 1930
Production Date:
began 19 Nov 1929
Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Distributing Corp.
10 March 1930
LP1137
Physical Properties:
Black and White
Sound, also silent
Western Electric Sound System
Duration(in mins):
90 or 92
Length(in feet):
8,382
Length(in reels):
10
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

Tom Ward, a cocky, irresponsible young football hero, returns home after his college graduation determined to conquer the world without working too hard. He begins a flirtation with Mary Howe, a secretary at the Wall Street brokerage firm, Sutton and Co., which is also the firm of his smug college rival, McAndrews. While in a restaurant, Tom attempts to get Mary alone and away from McAndrews, who is courting her, by bribing a waiter to spill soup on him. Although Tom is offered a local banking job that has been arranged by his hardworking father, Tom turns it down and instead charms his way into a position at Sutton and Co. to be near Mary. Tom soon loses the job, though, when he abandons his duties in order to spend time with her. Tragedy strikes when his father dies suddenly, forcing Tom to assume his place as head of his family, providing support to his mother, younger sister Alma, two brothers Jimmie and Eddie and their loyal housekeeper, Polly. Without their father's income, the family is quickly sinking into debt, prompting Tom, who now sells ties in a department store, to look for higher paying employment. Willing to give Tom a second chance to prove his worthiness, Mr. Sutton orders McAndrews to assign Tom some work. Wanting to see Tom fail, McAndrews tricks him into taking over the company’s most reluctant potential client, wealthy Hattie Brown, a befuddled, elderly spinster. However, exceeding all expectations, Tom manages to sell bonds to Hattie, a task he accomplishes by posing as a doctor and getting her happily drunk. Enjoying the experience, Hattie consequently decides to take life less seriously. ...

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Tom Ward, a cocky, irresponsible young football hero, returns home after his college graduation determined to conquer the world without working too hard. He begins a flirtation with Mary Howe, a secretary at the Wall Street brokerage firm, Sutton and Co., which is also the firm of his smug college rival, McAndrews. While in a restaurant, Tom attempts to get Mary alone and away from McAndrews, who is courting her, by bribing a waiter to spill soup on him. Although Tom is offered a local banking job that has been arranged by his hardworking father, Tom turns it down and instead charms his way into a position at Sutton and Co. to be near Mary. Tom soon loses the job, though, when he abandons his duties in order to spend time with her. Tragedy strikes when his father dies suddenly, forcing Tom to assume his place as head of his family, providing support to his mother, younger sister Alma, two brothers Jimmie and Eddie and their loyal housekeeper, Polly. Without their father's income, the family is quickly sinking into debt, prompting Tom, who now sells ties in a department store, to look for higher paying employment. Willing to give Tom a second chance to prove his worthiness, Mr. Sutton orders McAndrews to assign Tom some work. Wanting to see Tom fail, McAndrews tricks him into taking over the company’s most reluctant potential client, wealthy Hattie Brown, a befuddled, elderly spinster. However, exceeding all expectations, Tom manages to sell bonds to Hattie, a task he accomplishes by posing as a doctor and getting her happily drunk. Enjoying the experience, Hattie consequently decides to take life less seriously. Tom, having stabilized his career, then concentrates on Mary, who has meanwhile become engaged to McAndrews. Desperate to stop her impending marriage, Tom kidnaps Mary from the altar and convinces her that she loves him.

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