Expensive Women

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Expensive Women
Expensive Women - 1931.jpg
1931 lobby poster
Directed by Hobart Henley
Produced by First National
Warner Brothers
Written by Raymond Griffith
Harry F. Thew
Based on Passionate Sonata 
by Wilson Collison
Starring Dolores Costello
H. B. Warner
Warren William
Anthony Bushell
Cinematography William Rees
Edited by Desmond O'Brien
Distributed by Warner Brothers
Release dates
October 24, 1931
Running time
7 reels
Country United States
Language English

Expensive Women is a 1931 talking film drama. It is very much a Pre-Code type of story. It was produced by First National and distributed through their parent company Warner Brothers. The film was directed by silent film veteran Hobart Henley and starred Dolores Costello. This film was Costello's final film as a Warner Brothers leading lady and star of 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 5 years later after a long hiatus from films and the end of her marriage to Barrymore but never to the luster she enjoyed as a Warners star.[1][2]




  1. ^ The AFI Catalog of Feature Films: Expensive Women
  2. ^ The American Film Institute Catalog Feature Films: 1931-40 by The American Film Institute, c.1993

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