The Reluctant Widow (film)

The Reluctant Widow is a 1950 British historical drama film directed by Bernard Knowles and starring Jean Kent, Guy Rolfe, Paul Dupuis and Lana Morris.[1] It is based on the novel The Reluctant Widow by Georgette Heyer, with the screenplay written by Gordon Wellesley and others. The screenplay concerns a governess who marries a British aristocrat, and inherits his country house when he dies. The ongoing Napoleonic Wars see her become embroiled with a spy ring.[2]

The Reluctant Widow
Directed byBernard Knowles
Produced byGordon Wellesley
Written byBasil Boothroyd (as J.B. Boothroyd)
Gordon Wellesley
Georgette Heyer (novel)
StarringJean Kent
Guy Rolfe
Music byAllan Gray
CinematographyJack Hildyard
Edited byJohn D. Guthridge
Distributed byGeneral Film Distributors (UK)
Release date
1 May 1950 (UK)
Running time
91 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

It was shot at Denham Studios. The film's art direction was by Carmen Dillon while the costumes were designed by Beatrice Dawson.


Critical reception

Bosley Crowther wrote in The New York Times, "except for the rather fine surroundings and some nice eighteenth century costumes, there is no more in The Reluctant Widow than a genteel invitation to doze" ;[3] while Robin Karney in the Radio Times found, "a good-looking but rather muddled and unsatisfactory adaptation of a novel by Georgette Heyer, which entertains in fits and starts."[4]


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