“The Lady Says No” is a 1952 romantic comedy film directed by Frank Ross and starring Joan Caulfield and David Niven. The film follows the story of a successful female author named Dorinda Hatch (played by Caulfield), who writes a book titled “The Lady Says No” that argues against the institution of marriage.
Dorinda’s book becomes a bestseller and earns her widespread fame and admiration. However, it also attracts the attention of a wealthy playboy named Bill Shelby (played by Niven), who takes a romantic interest in her despite her avowed stance against marriage.
Despite her initial reluctance, Dorinda begins to fall for Bill and the two begin a romance. However, their relationship is complicated by Dorinda’s commitment to her anti-marriage philosophy and Bill’s desire to settle down and start a family.
As their relationship develops, Dorinda is forced to confront her own biases and reconsider her opinions on marriage. She also faces pressure from her publisher and fans, who want her to abandon her stance and write a more conventional book.
In the end, Dorinda and Bill come to an understanding and she decides to give marriage a chance. The film ends with the couple getting married and Dorinda embracing her new role as a wife and mother.
Overall, “The Lady Says No” is a lighthearted romantic comedy that explores themes of gender roles, societal expectations, and the power of love. The film features strong performances from its lead actors and a witty script that provides plenty of laughs along the way.
Joan Caulfield, David Niven, James Robertson Justice