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The Widow from Chicago (1930)

Vice lord Dominic has brought Swifty Dorgan east to do a job for him. When Swifty appears to have died falling from a train, detective Henderson impersonates him hoping to get into the mob.... See full summary »

Director:

Edward F. Cline (as Edward Cline)

Writers:

Earl Baldwin (screen version), Earl Baldwin (dialogue)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Alice White ... Polly Henderson
Edward G. Robinson ... Dominic
Neil Hamilton ... 'Swifty' Dorgan
Frank McHugh ... Slug O'Donnell
Lee Shumway ... Chris Johnson
Brooks Benedict ... Mullins
E.H. Calvert ... Police Captain R.L. Davis
Betty Francisco ... Helen
Harold Goodwin ... Jimmy Henderson
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Storyline

Vice lord Dominic has brought Swifty Dorgan east to do a job for him. When Swifty appears to have died falling from a train, detective Henderson impersonates him hoping to get into the mob. When he's killed his sister Polly poses as Swifty's widow and gets a singing job at Dominic's nightclub. Then the real Swifty shows up. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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WIDOW STEALS GANGSTERS LOVE (original print ad - call caps - ad shows woman reading newspaper headline)

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Romance

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 November 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Udovica iz Cikaga See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Vitaphone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Before jumping off the train, Dorgan is seen reading a copy of College Humor magazine, a real magazine published from 1920 to 1943. The cover price in 1930 was thirty cents ($4.34 in 2016) and it was typically 130 pages long at that time. See more »

Quotes

Slug: What would you take for a little dance?
Polly: I'd take arsenic!
Slug: Smart little cracker, ain't ya?
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Connections

References Вoдопад жизни (1920) See more »

Soundtracks

Get Happy
(1930) (uncredited)
Music by Harold Arlen
Played as dance music at the Crystal Dance Palace
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Witty crime movie
19 May 2002 | by brliqqSee all my reviews

A clever crime movie in which a woman seeks to put a mob boss behind bars for killing her brother, who was a cop. Polly gets inside Dominic's circle by posing as Swifty's wife, but when the real Swifty shows up things get interesting, and very unpredictable. Polly's brother was killed for impersonating Swifty, so now she is impersonating Swifty's wife for revenge. An entertaining movie that has humorous points and look out for an unusual place to see a SWATSTICKER, years before Hilter's rise.


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