WriterHouston Branch, Izola Forrester, Mann Page Release dateOctober 1, 1934 (1934-10-01) CastBuster Crabbe (Bill Cutler), Isabel Jewell (Sally Bates), Regis Toomey (Jack Berry), Sally Blane (Clara Berry), Maidel Turner (Mrs. Cutler), Fuzzy Knight (Wally) Similar moviesShadows of the Orient (1935), Night Alarm (1934), Great God Gold (1935), Gentlemen Are Born (1934), This Day and Age (1933)
She Had to Choose is a 1934 American film directed by Ralph Ceder. A romantic comedy/ crime drama, it is set in California during The Depression.
Sally Bates (Isabel Jewell) leaves Texas, headed for Hollywood, in the 30’s. She is tempted to take a job as a mechanic, with Pop (Arthur Stone), on the highway; but, presses on in to town.
She’s going to sleep in her old “Tin Lizzie”. But, after she saves Bill’s neck (Buster Crabbe), with her old six-shooter, during a botched hold-up. Bill (Buster Crabbe), takes her home, to live with his Mom, (Maidel Turner); and gives her a job at his drive-in restaurant.
Sally’s friendly and easy going manner is very popular, with the customers; but, Bill gets jealous when Jack (Regis Toomey), the reckless, younger brother of his well-to-do girlfriend Clara (Sally Blane), starts paying Sally attention, following her around in his roadster.
Sally is so humiliated, when Clara rips off the dress Jack gave her, at a nightclub, she ends up at his hotel room, married to Jack, after an ill-conceived night of drinking.
Bill arrives, in the morning, to confront the drunken Jack, and take Sally home; but, when Jack is so drunk, he trips, and smashes his head, killing himself; Bill is under investigation for murder of the wealthy socialite.