Expensive Women

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Expensive Women
Expensive Women - 1931.jpg
lobby poster
Directed byHobart Henley
Written byAdaptation:
Harry F. Thew
Raymond Griffith
& Dialogue:
Arthur Caesar (uncredited)[1]
Based onPassionate Sonata
(1931 novel)
by Wilson Collison
StarringDolores Costello
CinematographyWilliam Rees
Edited byDesmond O'Brien
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Release date
October 24, 1931 (US)
Running time
60 minutes
CountryUnited States

Expensive Women is a 1931 American pre-Code film drama. It was produced by First National Pictures and distributed through their parent company Warner Bros.. The film was directed by silent film veteran Hobart Henley and stars Dolores Costello. It was Costello's final film as a leading lady and star for Warners, which she had been since 1925. She retired to be the wife of John Barrymore and to raise their family. Costello would return to films five years later after a long hiatus and the end of her marriage to Barrymore, but never regained the luster she enjoyed as a Warners star.[1][2]

A print is preserved in the Library of Congress collection.[3]


A woman in love with a composer stands trial for another man.


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  1. ^ a b c Expensive Women at the American Film Institute Catalog 1893-1993
  2. ^ American Film Institute (1993) The American Film Institute Catalog Feature Films: 1931-40
  3. ^ Catalog of Holdings The American Film Institute Collection and The United Artists Collection at The Library of Congress (<-book title) p.52 c.1978 by The American Film Institute

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