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Young Widow (1946)

Approved | | Drama | 4 March 1946 (USA)
A grieving war widow meets a young Lieutenant but spurns him for trying too hard to gain her affection. Will she give him a second chance when they meet again?




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Cast overview:
Joan Kenwood
Lt. Jim Cameron
Gerry Taylor
'Mac' McCallister
Peter Waring
Peg Martin
Connie Gilchrist ...
Aunt Cissie
Cora Witherspoon ...
Aunt Emeline
Sammy Jackson
Willie Murphy
Bill Martin
Robert Holton ...
Bob Johnson
Peter Garey ...
Navy Lieutenant Smith
Bill Moss ...
Marine Lieutenant Pearson (as William Moss)
Army Lieutenant Hope (as Bill 'Red' Murphy)


A grieving war widow meets a young Lieutenant but spurns him for trying too hard to gain her affection. Will she give him a second chance when they meet again?

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Release Date:

4 March 1946 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Naughty Widow  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


William Dieterle and André De Toth directed parts of the film uncredited. See more »


Peter Waring: And Joan always brings a chaperone with her.
Lt. Jim Cameron: Looks like it's a pretty good idea.
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These Foolish Things (Remind Me of You)
Music and Lyrics by Harry Link, Eric Maschwitz and Jack Strachey
Heard during a restaurant scene with Jane Russell and Louis Hayward
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Jane's the star but Penny's the treasure
7 August 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Jane is gorgeous in this her second film but wasn't ready for a part that required a haunted bruised quality like this does. Missing from her performance is the permeating sadness of a woman who has lost her true love, something that Barbara Stanwyck could have injected in the part without breaking a sweat, still she makes a good try and practically glows on screen. The real reason to watch this is for the supporting cast. Connie Gilchrist and Cora Witherspoon make a fun pairing as Jane's opposite sides of a coin aunts back on the farm. Marie Wilson is charming as her usual ditzy blonde but it's Penny Singleton of Blondie fame who really delivers the best performance as an old friend of Jane's character who provides a nest for her to recover from her heartbreak. She's funny and strong by turns and enjoyable throughout.

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