She Couldn't Take It (Woman Tamer)

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When he's shipped off to prison on a tax-evasion charge, millionaire Van Dyke (Walter Connolly) breathes a sigh of relief: at least he'll be free of his dizzy, spendthrift wife (Billie Burke) and spoiled-rotten daughter Carol (Joan Bennett). Once behind bars, Van Dyke strikes up a friendship with amiable reformed bootlegger Ricardi (George Raft). Since Ricardi is to be sprung first, Van Dyke suggests that the ex-crook take on the task of "taming" the incorrigible Carol. Unwilling to be stifled by a former jailbird (even a good-looking one), Carol decides to get even by persuading one of Ricardi's former cohorts, a shady character named Tex (Lloyd Nolan) to stage a fake kidnapping. Trouble is, Tex kidnaps the girl for real, obliging Ricardi to race to her rescue -- but only after deliberately breaking every traffic law known to man, so that he'll be pursued by a veritable battalion of motorcycle cops (this hilarious finale was later re-used in the 1941 Buster Keaton two-reeler So You Won't Squawk). A heady blend of screwball comedy and crime melodrama, She Couldn't Take It is one of the fastest and funniest films of 1935.


George Raft
as Spot Ricardi
Joan Bennett
as Carol Van Dyke
Wallace Ford
as "Finger" Boston
Walter Connolly
as Mr. Van Dyke
Billie Burke
as Mrs. Van Dyke
James "Doc" Blakely
as Tony Van Dyke
Alan Mowbray
as Alan Hamlin
Donald Meek
as Uncle Wyndersham
Frank Conroy
as Raleigh
Wryley Birch
as Dr. Schaeffer
Huey White
as Eddie Gore
Robert Middlemass
as Desk Sergeant
Stanley Andrews
as Wyndersham
Wyrley Birch
as Dr. Schaeffer
Maxine Lewis
as Crooner
Irving Bacon
as Man at Toll Gate
Ky Robinson
as Motorcycle Cop
James P. Burtis
as Motorcycle Cop
Ted Oliver
as Motorcycle Cop
Eddie Gribbon
as Detective
Loren Riebe
as Human Fly
Edgar Dearing
as District Attorney's Man
Gene Morgan
as District Attorney's Man
Frank Austin
as Railroad Attendant
George Lloyd
as Turnkey
Emmett Vogan
as Reporter
John Quillan
as Bellboy
Jack Duffy
as Farmer
Stanley Mack
as Reporter
Tom Costello
as Reporter
Antrim Short
as Reporter
W.E. Lawrence
as Photographer
Jack Gardner
as Reporter
Billy West
as Reporter
Joe Clive
as Reporter
Frank Rice
as Milkman
Frank LaRue
as Prisoner
Frank Marlowe
as Prisoner
Robert Wilbur
as Prisoner
Walter Perry
as Prisoner
Stark Bishop
as Prisoner
Al Ferguson
as Prisoner
John Ince
as Prison Official
Lee Phelps
as Bailiff
Jack Daley
as District Attorney's Man
Henry Sylvester
as Stage Manager
Lon Poff
as Judge
J. Merrill Holmes
as Prison Doctor
Michael Lally
as Photographer
William E. Lawrence
as Photographer
Joe North
as Butler
C.A. Beckman
as Traffic Cop
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