She Wouldn't Say Yes (1945)

Film Review


Release Date: 29 November, 1945

Studio: Columbia

Director: Alexander Hall

Starring: Rosalind Russell, Lew Bowman

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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.


A psychiatrist is wooed by a cartoonist. He fell in love with her at first sight after he accidentally knocked her down. Although the psychiatrist is unresponsive to his love making for most of the film, she eventually yields to his pursuit, and they plan to marry.


This film is a tame romantic comedy. The romantic tension between Russell and Bowman is weak, and the comedy is mild. The film does have a nice example of meeting cute: in a train ticket office, Bowman accidentally knocks Russell flat, bangs her nose, and causes her to miss a chair and sit on the floor. Russell's character is a successful and independent woman, but she is rather prim and lacks interest in men. The cartoonist has to overcome her reluctance to break into her solitary life. The possibility that a woman would want to remain completely independent and not marry was not considered in a 1944 film.