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The Widow from Chicago (1930)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Romance | 23 November 1930 (USA)
Vice lord Dominic has brought Swifty Dorgan east to do a job for him. When Swifty appears to have died falling from a train, detective Henderson impersonates him hoping to get into the mob.... See full summary »

Director:

Edward F. Cline (as Edward Cline)

Writers:

Earl Baldwin, Earl Baldwin (dialogue)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Alice White ... Polly Henderson
Edward G. Robinson ... Dominic
Neil Hamilton ... 'Swifty' Dorgan
Frank McHugh ... Slug O'Donnell
Lee Shumway ... Chris Johnson
Brooks Benedict ... Mullins
E.H. Calvert ... Police Captain R.L. Davis
Betty Francisco ... Helen
Harold Goodwin ... Jimmy Henderson
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Storyline

Vice lord Dominic has brought Swifty Dorgan east to do a job for him. When Swifty appears to have died falling from a train, detective Henderson impersonates him hoping to get into the mob. When he's killed his sister Polly poses as Swifty's widow and gets a singing job at Dominic's nightclub. Then the real Swifty shows up. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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SEX APPEAL WITH A SIX SHOOTER! (Print ad- Philadelphia Inquirer, ((Philadelphia, Penna.)) 9 November 1930) See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 November 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Udovica iz Cikaga See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Vitaphone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Vitaphone production reels #4419-4425 and #4418 (trailer) See more »

Goofs

In the Police Report regarding the murder of Detective Henderson; for the entry "By whom found (Name)" the word patrolman is misspelled. It reads "PATROLAM FOSTER" when it should read "PATROLMAN FOSTER". See more »

Quotes

Slug: What would you take for a little dance?
Polly: I'd take arsenic!
Slug: Smart little cracker, ain't ya?
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Connections

References Way Down East (1920) See more »

Soundtracks

Get Happy
(1930) (uncredited)
Music by Harold Arlen
Played as dance music at the Crystal Dance Palace
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Robinson rehearses Rico
11 January 2012 | by st-shotSee all my reviews

Before his breakout role in Little Caesar Edward G. Robinson gets some practice in as a thug nightclub owner in The Widow from Chicago. Featuring the limited Alice White in the lead Robinson has little trouble in garnering all the attention in this mediocre crime pic.

Polly Henderson's policeman brother is murdered while working undercover. She swears to get the man behind his murder and goes undercover herself as the wife of a supposedly dead mobster. Getting a job at Domenic's club she begins to make headway when the faux widow's husband turns up breathing.

Whites high pitched squeal of a voice and cutesy mannerisms are cloying within the first reel leaving it up to Murray Hamilton and Robinson to inject the proceedings with a feeling of dead seriousness which Edward G does with aplomb in a supporting sporting role. In it you see the first vestiges of the cock sure Rico, a touch less subdued but every bit imposing. But with White occupying most of the screen time The Widow from Chicago deserves no sympathy.


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