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The Widow from Chicago (1930)

Not Rated  |   |  Crime, Drama, Romance  |  23 November 1930 (USA)
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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 »

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Cast

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Dominic
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'Swifty' Dorgan
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Slug
Lee Shumway ...
Johnston
Brooks Benedict ...
Mullins
E.H. Calvert ...
Davis
Betty Francisco ...
Helen
Harold Goodwin ...
Jimmy
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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

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Release Date:

23 November 1930 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Udovica iz Cikaga  »

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| (Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Vitaphone production reels #4419-4425 and #4418 (trailer) See more »

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Referenced in Public Enemies: The Golden Age of the Gangster Film (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Sweet Georgia Brown
(1925) (uncredited)
Music by Maceo Pinkard and Ben Bernie
Played as dance music at the Crystal Dance Palace
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Early WB gangster flick--interesting, but not particularly good
9 July 2003 | by (California) – See all my reviews

Edward G. Robinson and Alice White star in this early Warner Bros. gangster flick. White is the sister of a murdered policeman, and she sets out to find her brother's killer by impersonating the widow of a dead gangster and cozying up to Robinson, a rackets boss. There are even more complications in this, frankly, badly directed film (Edward F. Cline fared much better as a comedy director at Universal later in his career), several of the supporting performances are either weak or hammy, the film tends to meander and has quite a few dead spots, but Robinson and the unjustly neglected (and very sexy) Alice White do quite well despite the convoluted plot. It's main interest is as a precursor to the classic WB '30s gangster films, and you can see the famous Warners style emerging. It's just a pity that the film itself is so mediocre. It's worth a look to see where Warners was going with the gangster genre, and you can see a lot of Joan Blondell in the vivacious Alice White, but other than that, it's nothing really special, and doesn't hold a candle to Robinson's later work in "Little Caesar" and "Smart Money," which came out a year later.


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