The Red Widow

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The Red Widow
Newspaper advertisement with image of Barrymore ducking Flora Zabelle who is holding a large bomb.
Directed by James Durkin
Produced by Adolph Zukor
Jesse Lasky
Daniel Frohman
Written by Channing Pollock (play)
Rennold Wolf (play)
Hugh Ford (scenario)
Starring John Barrymore
Music by Charles J. Gebest
Cinematography William F. Wagner
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date
April 1916
Running time
5 reels
Country United States
Language Silent (English intertitles)

The Red Widow is a lost 1916 silent comedy film produced by Famous Players-Lasky, distributed by Paramount Pictures. The film was based on a 1911 Broadway musical play The Red Widow by Channing Pollock and Rennold Wolf and starring comedian Raymond Hitchcock. John Barrymore stars in this film in the Hitchcock part of Cicero Butts. Hitchcock's wife, Flora Zabelle, is the leading lady in this film.[1][2][3][4]

This particular comedy was shot twice. The negative for the first version burned up in a nitrate fire before prints were made. This was probably the same Famous Players fire of September 11, 1915 that destroyed the first version of Mary Pickford's Esmerelda (1915). Barrymore and cast reshot the film for no salary.[5]


  • John Barrymore - Cicero Hannibal Butts
  • Flora Zabelle Hitchcock - Anna Varvara (*as Flora Zabelle)
  • John Hendricks - Baron Strickoutvich
  • Eugene Redding - Ivan Scorpioff
  • Millard Benson - Basil Romanoff
  • George E. Mack - Popova
  • Lillian Tucker - Mrs. Butts
  • E.L. Fernandez - Captain Roman (*as Mr. Fernandez)


  • John Goldsworthy - ?


  1. ^ Progressive Silent Film List: The Red Widow at
  2. ^ The American Film Institute Catalog Feature Films: 1911-20 by The American Film Institute, c. 1988
  3. ^ John Barrymore: A Bio-Bibliography by Martin Norden, c. 1995
  4. ^ John Barrymore Shakespearean Actor by Michael Morrison, c. 1997 p.73
  5. ^ The Barrymores in Hollywood by James Kotsilibas Davis, c.1981

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