So You Won't Talk (1940 film)

So You Won't Talk is a 1940 comedy directed by Edward Sedgwick, which stars Joe E. Brown in a dual role, along with Frances Robinson and Vivienne Osborne.

So You Won't Talk
Lobby card for the film
Directed byEdward Sedgwick
Produced byRobert Sparks
Written byRichard Flournoy
StarringJoe E. Brown
Frances Robinson
Vivienne Osborne
Music byM. W. Stoloff
CinematographyAllen Siegler
Edited byJames Sweeney
Release date
  • October 4, 1940 (1940-10-04) (US)[1]
Running time
68 minutes
CountryUnited States

Cast list


The Film Daily only rated the film as "fair", observing "The situations are generally amusing, but they lack the zip and power which spells concerted comedy and occasional belly-laughs." The magazine faulted the script mostly, saying that Sedgwick's "... direction keeps matters moving as best he can considering that the script and gags are none too strong or original." The felt that Brown's fans would appreciate his performance, as it was what they would expect, particularly pointing out the solid performance of Robinson.[2] Motion Picture Daily was kinder to the film, calling it the funniest film Brown had made since Elmer, the Great. They felt the picture had "considerable hilarity", and complimented the direction of Sedgwick, as well as the work of the supporting cast.[3] The Motion Picture Herald also enjoyed the picture, again calling the film the best in Brown's career since Elmer, the Great. They also felt that direction of Sedgewick, the production of Sparks, and the screenplay by Flournoy were all done well.[4]


  1. "Film Booking Chart". Variety. September 4, 1940. p. 20. Retrieved August 19, 2017.
  2. "Reviews of the New Films". The Film Daily. October 17, 1940. p. 7. Retrieved August 19, 2017.
  3. "Feature Reviews". Motion Picture Daily. September 26, 1940. p. 3. Retrieved August 19, 2017.
  4. "Showman's Reviews of Product". Motion Picture Herald. September 28, 1940. p. 84. Retrieved August 19, 2017.
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