She Had to Say Yes (1933)

Film Review


Release Date: 15 July, 1933

Studio: First National Pictures

Director: George Amy, Busby Berkeley

Starring: Loretta Young, Lyle Talbot, Regis Toomey

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Read more about two similar romantic comedies, made before and after the Motion Picture Production Code: She Had To Say Yes Before and After the Hays Code.


The customers of the Glass Company are tired of the shopworn customer girls who are employed to date them. The Company decides to use its stenographers as fresh young faces to please the customers. Florence, a stenographer, is seemingly fresh, inexperienced and innocent. Engaged to Chris, she finds Daniel, one of the clients, very attractive. Events lead Daniel and Chris to doubt her. They cannot believe that Florence is as inexperienced as she seems. She trusts Daniel, but her trust is apparently misplaced. He takes her to a house where he knows they will be undisturbed. She asks him if "this" is all she means to him. After a confrontation with Chris who has followed them, Daniel apologizes, proposes, and Florence accepts him.


Hardly any aspect of the plot of She Had to Say Yes would be acceptable under the standards of the motion picture code. The Glass Company is paying its female employees to entertain the customers. The methods of entertainment are not limited, only the satisfaction of the clients is important. That a young woman could be as innocent as Young seems to be is doubted by the male characters. Talbot, the hero, goes back and forth in his belief in her. She states the central question of the plot, why does a man not trust a woman? Young seems resigned to the fact that men will be skeptical about a woman's innocence. Even after she accepts Talbot's apology and his proposal, she says that she is accepting the lesser of two evils. Although Berkeley had been choreographing for several years, this film was his first as a director. Co-director George Amy was primarily an editor; this film is the first of his four credits as a director.