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What a Widow! (1930)

A young woman's elderly husband dies and leaves her $5 million. She travels to Paris and becomes part of the "Continental" set and is pursued by a rich playboy and a lawyer who works for her.


Allan Dwan, Dudley Murphy (uncredited) | 1 more credit »


James Gleason (adaptation), James Gleason (screenplay) | 3 more credits »


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Cast overview:
Gloria Swanson ... Tamarind Brook
Owen Moore ... Gerry Morgan
Lew Cody ... Victor
Margaret Livingston ... Valli
William Holden William Holden ... Mr. Lodge
Herbert Braggiotti Herbert Braggiotti ... Jose Alvarado
Gregory Gaye ... Baslikoff
Adrienne D'Ambricourt ... Paulette
Nella Walker ... Marquise
Daphne Pollard ... Masseuse


Widowed for a year, Tamarind Brooks sails for Paris in search of romance and adventure. Aboard ship she meets many socialites, among them, Gerry Morgan, a successful young lawyer; Victor, an alcoholic nightclub dancer; and his partner and wife, Valli, who plans to divorce him in Paris to marry Ivan Bastikoff, a Russian violinist. Although Tam encourages many men, it is Gerry who falls in love and proposes marriage; however, she rejects him. In Paris, Tam leases the modernistic town house of the Marquise de la Fousbouget, who arranges for her to meet tout Paris, including José, a Spanish baritone with whom she has a fling while arranging for Valli's divorce. Tam and Gerry separate as the result of an argument and cause a fight between Bastikoff and José. After a spree with Victor, Tam passes out, and the next morning, assuming something physical happened, she agrees to marry him; then, realizing her error, she joins Gerry aboard a Dornier D-OX bound for New York, and they are married ... Written by Pamela Short

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Plot Keywords:

paris france | fortune | lost film | See All (3) »


Romance | Comedy







Release Date:

13 September 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Che tipo di vedova! See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Gloria Productions See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Joel McCrea tested for the role of one of the swains who follow Swanson's character through the story. He didn't get the part. See more »


Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: Gloria Swanson (1961) See more »


Love Is Like a Song
Music by Vincent Youmans
Lyrics by J. Russel Robinson and George Waggner
Sung by Gloria Swanson
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