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The Flirting Widow (1930)

Phyllis wants to marry Bobby, but Father won't permit it until older sister Celia weds. So Celia invents a military fiancée in Arabia, unimaginatively christens him John Smith, writes him a... See full summary »

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Colonel Smith
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Evelyn
William Austin ...
James Raleigh
Claude Gillingwater ...
Faraday
Emily Fitzroy ...
Aunt Ida
Flora Bramley ...
Phyllis
Anthony Bushell ...
Bobby
Wilfred Noy ...
Martin
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Phyllis wants to marry Bobby, but Father won't permit it until older sister Celia weds. So Celia invents a military fiancée in Arabia, unimaginatively christens him John Smith, writes him a love letter, and then kills him off. Only there really is a Col. John Smith. Written by Kathy Li

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11 May 1930 (USA)  »

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Hira me to stanio  »

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Vitaphone production reels #3865-3872. See more »

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When Bobby comes into the room to remind Celia of that night's dinner party, a shadow of the boom microphone can be seen moving back and forth across a tabletop at the bottom of the screen. See more »

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Colonel Smith: He bids you wear this, always, on your bosom.
[places watch on chain around her neck]
Colonel Smith: For Smith's sake, whom we both love.
[drops watch down front of her dress. She fishes down her dress as Smith observes from above. The following line has no audio on surviving prints]
Colonel Smith: By Jove! I say, that's ripping of you!
Celia: [turns startled as audio returns] I beg your pardon!
Colonel Smith: [solemnly] I am thanking you in my dead comrade's name.
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Below-par vehicle for chanteuse Dorothy Mackaill
29 June 2007 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Long-forgotten release from First National Pictures has a fairly hoary plot, but will surely be of interest to fans of sassy Dorothy Mackaill, real-life Ziegfeld Follies star who attained quite a following in the late 1920s. She has the lead here, playing a woman who invents a lover after her family pressures her to marry. Despite the presence of Dorothy (mercurial as ever) and co-star Basil Rathbone, there's not much excitement in this flimsy scenario. Film-historians and movie buffs of the Pre-Code Era might take a look. Still, the only funny line comes when a nerdy gentleman remarks to Mackaill, "You almost look like a man." She tells him, "So do you...almost." *1/2 from ****


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