Having bought RKO in 1948, Howard Hughes took a shine to Jean Simmons and imported her from England, casting her opposite Robert Mitchum in Otto Preminger's torrid Angel Face. Since the on-screen chemistry between the two stars was combustible (the leering hulk against the demure English girl), this second rendezvous was concocted, called She Couldn't Say No in America. The mistake was to make it a comedy. Simmons plays an heiress with a guilt complex and Mitchum is the local doctor who rumbles her. Intended as a satire on small-town hypocrisy, the sort of thing Frank Capra churned out in the 1930s, it's stilted and slackly directed by Lloyd Bacon.