What a Widow!

What a Widow! was a 1930 American pre-Code romantic comedy film directed by Allan Dwan and produced by and starring Gloria Swanson. It was distributed through United Artists.[1]

What a Widow!
Film poster
Directed byAllan Dwan
Produced byGloria Swanson
Joseph P. Kennedy
Allan Dwan
Screenplay byJames Gleason
James Seymour
Story byJosephine Lovett
StarringGloria Swanson
Owen Moore
Lew Cody
Music byHugo Felix
Josiah Zuro
CinematographyGeorge Barnes
Edited byViola Lawrence
Gloria Productions
Distributed byUnited Artists
Release date
  • August 13, 1930 (1930-08-13)
Running time
88 minutes
CountryUnited States

The film was produced by Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr. It received generally positive reviews and was noted for its animated title sequence created by William Dietz, but was met with lukewarm returns at the box office.[2]


Preservation status

This film is now considered a lost film. The soundtrack is preserved at the UCLA Film and Television Archive, and the trailer is preserved at the Library of Congress.[3][4]

See also


  1. Shearer, Stephen Michael; Basinger, Jeanine (2013). Gloria Swanson: The Ultimate Star. Macmillan. p. 445. ISBN 1-250-01366-6.
  2. (Shearer 2013, pp. 1673–1674)
  3. Lombardi, Frederic (2013). Allan Dwan and the Rise and Decline of the Hollywood Studios. McFarland. p. 180. ISBN 0-786-43485-6.
  4. Catalog of Holdings The American Film Institute Collections and The United Artist Collections at The Library of Congress [trailer only]. p. 206. c.1978 by the American Film Institute

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