With Words and Music (1937) Originally released as "The Girl Said No"


Jimmy, a bookie cum horse buying agent, meets a beautiful dance hall girl. After leading him on, and out of his money, she rejects him. Jimmy hatches a scheme to wreak revenge on her. He pretends to be a talent agent and that she is his new discovery. he promises to make her a stage star. He engages an out of work Gilbert & Sullivan troupe on a performance of Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Mikado in order to convince the girl that he is for real. All goes well and his scheme works. The only problem is that the girl now loves him, as does the entire, previously down on their luck troupe of players.

Director: Andrew L. Stone. AKA The Girl Said No.
Stars: Robert Armstrong, Irene Hervey, Paula Stone, Edward Brophy, William Danforth, Vera Ross, Holmes Herbert, Richard Tucker, Harry Tyler, Gwili Andre, Max Davidson, Josef Swickard, Bert Roach, Horace Murphy, Vivian Hart.

1938 Academy Awards – Nominated for an Oscar for Best Sound, Recording (A.E. Kaye).


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  1. Steve Burstein
    March 26, 2020

    An alternate operetta was used for the film’s British release because Gilbert and Sullivan’s works weren’t in the public domain there.

  2. Steve Burstein
    March 26, 2020

    Nice to see MAX DAVIDSON in one of his few sound film roles.

  3. April 3, 2020

    This such a heart-warming film. And for all lovers of Gilbert & Sullivan it’s an absolute must! Thank you for posting it, Jon!

  4. ahithophel ebejer
    August 23, 2021

    this movie has the opening credits, but, unfortunately, the end credits are missing – the last few seconds are omitted

  5. Shane Solow
    January 4, 2024

    I absolutely lOVE this film

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