Review: ‘What a Widow!’

Gloria Swanson is a youthful widow, innocent in the world's ways, who is left $5 million when her 60-year-old husband passes out. Seemingly New York isn't big enough for the corking looking widow. So she switches to Paris, to the dress and hat shops, the masseurs, the rest of it that's there when the dough is also.

Gloria Swanson is a youthful widow, innocent in the world’s ways, who is left $5 million when her 60-year-old husband passes out. Seemingly New York isn’t big enough for the corking looking widow. So she switches to Paris, to the dress and hat shops, the masseurs, the rest of it that’s there when the dough is also.

Into all of this come three men. The American is done by Owen Moore. He is a member of the widow’s legal firm and coincidentally is on the same boat for Paris, entrusted with the mission of looking after her. Other two are a couple of gigs, one a Russian violinist and the second a Spanish piano-playing warbler.

Director Allan Dwan has given an unusually fast tempo to the entire direction. He weaves everything in and out. Swanson, as the joy-seeking widow, has plenty of scope for airy playing. Moore does a good show.

What a Widow!

Production

Kennedy/United Artists. Director Allan Dwan; Producer Joseph P. Kennedy; Screenplay James Gleason, James Seymour; Camera George Barnes; Editor Viola Lawrence; Music Vincent Youmans; Art Director Paul Nelson

Crew

(B&W) Extract of a review from 1930. Running time: 90 MIN.

With

Gloria Swanson Owen Moore Lew Cody Margaret Livingston William Holden
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