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Young Widow (1946)

Approved | | Drama | 1 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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Edwin L. Marin
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Cast

Cast overview:
Jane Russell ... Joan Kenwood
Louis Hayward ... Lt. Jim Cameron
Faith Domergue ... Gerry Taylor
Marie Wilson ... 'Mac' McCallister
Kent Taylor ... Peter Waring
Connie Gilchrist ... Aunt Cissie
Cora Witherspoon ... Aunt Emeline
Norman Lloyd ... Sammy Jackson
Penny Singleton ... Peg Martin
Steve Brodie ... Willie Murphy
Richard Bailey ... Bill Martin
Robert Holton Robert Holton ... Bob Johnson
Peter Garey Peter Garey ... Navy Lieutenant Smith
William Moss William Moss ... Marine Lieutenant Pearson
William Murphy ... Army Lieutenant Hope (as Bill 'Red' Murphy)
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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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The World's Most Exciting Brunette!

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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 March 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Naughty Widow See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Peg Martin's comment to her husband about a one armed baseball player toward the end of the film was correct. Peter Gray played one season for the St. Louis Browns. He batted .333 in the minors, and .218 in the majors. He played left and center field, and he had a .958 fielding average. His glove is in the museum at the National Baseball Hall of Fame. See more »

Quotes

Joan Kenwood: And I suppose that accent must be Boston?
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Soundtracks

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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Romance For Russell With A Rush
21 June 2011 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Young Widow was probably the first time that a lot of the movie-going public actually saw Jane Russell on the screen. With The Outlaw being pulled in and out of circulation for editing and reshooting, it was felt that she ought to do something to keep her name before the public. After all without a movie in circulation there was only so much The Outlaw and all the publicity around Jane's bosoms could do.

This was an independent film from producer Hunt Stromberg who normally worked at MGM. Which was the reason no doubt for the use of the song All Of A Sudden My Heart Sings as a theme which was introduced the year before by Kathryn Grayson in Anchors Aweigh.

But this United Artists film was a romance that was slow and sluggish and quite frankly Jane Russell didn't have the acting chops to pull it off. I could have seen someone like Teresa Wright doing this far better.

Russell is just that a young war widow who hasn't gotten over the death of her husband over Berlin. Despite that she's being given quite the rush by Louis Hayward another member of the Army Air Corps. Another rival is her boss, newspaper publisher Kent Taylor. But he's clearly running second throughout the film.

Though his name is nowhere to be seen, no doubt Howard Hughes was behind this film because of the presence of Faith Domergue in the cast who was another Hughes discovery. She's another widow trying to cope and turns to Russell for help. Given their respective chests the screen could barely contain them.

Jane would have to wait another two years for The Paleface, a really good and funny film to become a genuine movie star.


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