GenreComedy, Musical Duration CountryUnited States
WriterBetty Laidlaw, Robert Lively Release dateOctober 15, 1937 (1937-10-15) GenresComedy, Musical, Black-and-white, Musical comedy CastRobert Armstrong (Jimmie Allen), Irene Hervey (Pearl Proctor / Peep-Bo), Paula Stone (Mabel), Edward Brophy (Pick), William Danforth (Howard Hathaway / The Mikado), Vera Ross (Beatrice Hathaway / Katisha) Similar moviesRelated Andrew L Stone movies
The Girl Said No (aka With Words and Music) is a black and white 1937 musical comedy film about a shady bookie who is in love with a greedy dance hall girl and schemes to get her back after she rejects him. Along the way, he revives a failing Gilbert and Sullivan troupe. The picture stars Robert Armstrong and uses musical numbers from Gilbert and Sullivan. The film was directed and produced by Andrew L. Stone.
Jimmie (Robert Armstrong), a shady bookie, meets Pearl (Irene Hervey), a taxi dance hall girl. He takes her out on a number of dates, pretending to be a high profile producer. She is happy to spend his money extravagantly but refuses to be his girlfriend. To get his revenge, Jimmie promises to make her a Broadway star and becomes her manager. He takes her to expensive dinners and meetings with people in the top entertainment circles.
Jimmie tricks Pearl into signing a contract under which most of her earnings go to him. He persuades a defunct Gilbert and Sullivan troupe to re-form, obtains an empty theatre for a night, and fills it by blackmail. They play The Mikado, which is deservedly a hit. Overwhelmed with regret over his deceit, he proposes, and she, overwhelmed with gratitude over his support, accepts.
Robert Armstrong – Jimmie Allen
Irene Hervey – Pearl Proctor / Peep-Bo
Paula Stone – Mabel
Edward Brophy – Pick
William Danforth – Howard Hathaway / The Mikado
Vera Ross – Beatrice Hathaway / Katisha
Richard Tucker – Charles Dillon
Harry Tyler – Chuck Fairfax
Gwili Andre – Gretchen Holman
The film was nominated for an Academy Award in the category Best Sound (A. E. Kaye).