The Misleading Widow
|The Misleading Widow|
Film still with James Crane, Billie Burke, Madelyn Clare, Mrs. Priestly Morrison, and Fred Hearn
|Directed by||John S. Robertson|
|Produced by||Adolph Zukor
Jesse L. Lasky
|Written by||F. Tennyson Jesse (play)
H. M. Hardwood (play)
Frances Marion (scenario)
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
|Release date(s)||July 27, 1919 (Los Angeles)
August 31, 1919 (New York City)
September 7, 1919 (USA)
|Running time||5 reels|
The Misleading Widow (1919) is a silent film comedy directed by John S. Robertson and starring Billie Burke. The film is based on the play Billeted by F. Tennyson Jesse and H. M. Harwood and was produced by Famous Players-Lasky and distributed by Paramount Pictures.
As summarized in an adaptation published in the September 1919 issue of Shadowlands, Betty Taradine, who lives in a British village near a army base, was abandoned by her husband for her spendthrift ways. She reports that he is dead to obtain insurance money. Later, British officer Captain Peter Rymill is assigned to be billeted at her house, but he turns out to be her husband living under an assumed name. There are various romantic triangles involving other villagers, and the identity of the missing husband and existence of the marriage is revealed after a dinner with the guests gathered in the widow's bedroom.
- Billie Burke - Betty Taradine
- James Crane - Captain Peter Rymill
- Frank Mills - Colonel Preedy
- Madelyn Clare - Penelope Moon (billed Madeline Clare)
- Fred Hearn - Reverend Ambrose Liptrott
- Mrs. Priestly Morrison - Tabitha Liptrott
- Fred Esmelton - Mr. MacFarland
- Dorothy Waters - Rose
- "Progressive Silent Film List: The Misleading Widow". Silent Era. Retrieved 2014-01-15.
- King, Hamilton (September 1919). "The Misleading Widow". Shadowlands (New York: M. P. Publishing Company) 1 (1): 63–66, 77–78. Retrieved 2013-10-31.
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