Heiress Rhoda Canby ( Zena Keefe ) is badgered by her eccentric relatives, Uncle Silas ( Charles Hartley ), Aunt Elizabeth ( Mary B. Davis ) and Cousin Hepzibah ( Eugenie Woodward ). She falls in love with writer Irving Mason ( Hugh Dillman ), who, believing Rhoda to be the heiress' secretary, courts her as chauffeur "Henry Smith." Accompanied by her black nurse, Aunt Chloe ( Pauline Dempsey ), Rhoda runs away from home. Irving, meanwhile, is shanghaied. Upon reading the obituary of supposed suicide Irving Mason, Rhoda assumes the role of the widow and visits his hometown. There she is befriended by Irving's uncles and goes to work in the family's general store. Irving escapes his captors and surreptitiously returns home, but is surprised to find himself presumed dead and Rhoda his widow. When the family store catches fire, Irving saves Rhoda. Their true identities revealed, Rhoda and Irving marry.
This 1919 comedy was produced by the World Film Corporation, starring Zena Keefe. Evelyn Greeley was original selected to star in the film and was replaced by Keefe before shooting began. The survival status of An Amateur Widow is listed as unknown, sadly suggesting it may now be a lost silent film.
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