The Reluctant Widow (film)

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The Reluctant Widow
"The Reluctant Widow" (1950 film).jpg
Directed by Bernard Knowles
Produced by Gordon Wellesley
Written by Basil Boothroyd (as J.B. Boothroyd)
Gordon Wellesley
Georgette Heyer (novel)
Starring Jean Kent
Guy Rolfe
Music by Allan Gray
Cinematography Jack Hildyard
Edited by John D. Guthridge
Distributed by General Film Distributors (UK)
Release date
1 May 1950 (UK)
Running time
91 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

The Reluctant Widow is a 1950 British drama film directed by Bernard Knowles and starring Jean Kent, Guy Rolfe, Paul Dupuis and Lana Morris.[1] It is based on the novel The Reluctant Widow by Georgette Heyer, with the screenplay written by Gordon Wellesley and others. The screenplay concerns a French governess who marries a British aristocrat, and inherits his country house when he dies. The ongoing Napoleonic Wars see her become embroiled with a spy ring.[2]


Critical reception[edit]

Bosley Crowther wrote in The New York Times, "except for the rather fine surroundings and some nice eighteenth century costumes, there is no more in The Reluctant Widow than a genteel invitation to doze" ;[3] while Robin Karney in the Radio Times found, "a good-looking but rather muddled and unsatisfactory adaptation of a novel by Georgette Heyer, which entertains in fits and starts."[4]


  1. ^ RitaRisque (1 May 1950). "The Inheritance (1950)". IMDb. 
  2. ^ "The Reluctant Widow". BFI. 
  3. ^ "Movie Review - The Reluctant Widow - THE SCREEN -". 
  4. ^ Robin Karney. "The Reluctant Widow". RadioTimes.