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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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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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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 »

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Joan Kenwood: And I suppose that accent must be Boston?
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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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I can't believe Jane Russell didn't like this film!
6 November 2017 | by See all my reviews

'if my tires hold out' er

According to the IMDb trivia section, it sure sounded like Jane Russell didn't like this film...saying "Young Widow should have died with her husband"! I just cannot understand this, as it's clearly one of her better films. Perhaps she was just self-conscious since it was one of her earliest performances...but I sure liked it. Much of this is because unlike most of her films where here characters have a hard edge to them, this one features a more vulnerable and likable character.

Joan Kenwood (Russell) is a newly widowed lady. Her husband was killed in the war and she is determined to make herself a miserable spinster instead of getting on with her life. However, try as she might, she becomes bored and wants to return to work...but still, she does NOT want another man in her life. Too bad that Lt. Cameron (Louis Hayward) is interested in her and thinks she needs him in her life.

This is a nice romance and I was happy that Lt. Cameron was insistent BUT not a boorish jerk who just wouldn't take no for an answer (a pretty common type of character in films of the day). No, instead he's just decent and kind...and the movie is likable and seems realistic and I enjoyed it throughout.

By the way, late in the film a male friend offered to give Joan a ride "...if my tires hold out". This is a reference to the fact that during WWII, tires were in very, very short supply and were often patched and re-patched and re-patched because almost all the tires were designated for the war effort.


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