What a Widow!

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What a Widow!
What a Widow poster.jpg
Film poster
Directed by Allan Dwan
Produced by Gloria Swanson
Joseph P. Kennedy
Allan Dwan
Written by James Gleason (adaptation)
James Seymour (adaptation)
Screenplay by James Gleason
James Seymour
Story by Josephine Lovett
Starring Gloria Swanson
Owen Moore
Lew Cody
Music by Hugo Felix
Josiah Zuro
Cinematography George Barnes
Edited by Viola Lawrence
Gloria Productions
Distributed by United Artists
Release dates
  • August 13, 1930 (1930-08-13)
Running time
88 minutes
Country United States
Language English

What a Widow! is a 1930 American pre-Code romantic comedy film produced by and starring Gloria Swanson, and distributed through United Artists. The film was directed by Allan Dwan.[1]

What a Widow! was Swanson's second talkie and was executive produced by her then lover Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr. The film received generally positive reviews and was noted for its animated title sequence created by William Dietz but was met with lukewarm box office returns.[2]


Preservation status[edit]

This film is now considered a lost film. The soundtrack is preserved at the UCLA Film and Television Archive while the trailer is preserved at the Library of Congress.[3][4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Shearer, Stephen Michael; Basinger, Jeanine (2013). Gloria Swanson: The Ultimate Star. Macmillan. p. 445. ISBN 1-250-01366-6. 
  2. ^ (Shearer 2013, pp. 1673–1674)
  3. ^ Lombardi, Frederic (2013). Allan Dwan and the Rise and Decline of the Hollywood Studios. McFarland. p. 180. ISBN 0-786-43485-6. 
  4. ^ Catalog of Holdings The American Film Institute Collections and The United Artist Collections at The Library of Congress (<-book title)[trailer only] p.206 c.1978 the American Film Institute

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