The Flirting Widow
Director William A. Seiter
Country United States
|Release date May 11, 1930 (1930-05-11)|
Writer A.E.W. Mason (based on the story by)
The Flirting Widow is a 1930 American Pre-Code comedy film directed by William A. Seiter and produced and released by First National Pictures, a subsidiary of Warner Bros. The film stars Dorothy Mackaill, Basil Rathbone, Leila Hyams and Claude Gillingwater.
It is based on a story, entitled Green Stockings, by A.E.W. Mason. The film was remade in 1933 as Her Imaginary Lover at the Teddington Studios, the British branch of Warner Brothers-First National Productions.
William Faraday refuses to let his youngest daughter, Evelyn, get married before her older sister, Celia, finds a husband. Faraday is afraid that people will call Celia an old maid. Celia, who has no interest in getting married, attempts to fool her father by pretending to be engaged. After a short vacation away from home she makes the announcement to her family and informs everyone that he has gone to Arabia but that they will be married upon his return to England. When her father receives this news, he finally consents to Evelyn's marriage. At Evelyn's insistence, Celia writes a love letter to her fiancé.
After finishing her letter, Celia attempts to throw it away when no one is looking. A servant, however, finding the letter, posts it. The letter is received by a real Colonel Smith, who happens to actually be in Arabia. He is amused by the love letter. After Evelyn's marriage, Celia publishes an obituary in the paper for her Colonel Smith. The real Smith reads the obituary and decides to pay a visit to Celia, pretending to be a close friend of the deceased "Colonel Smith", pretending to bring some mementos. When he gives them to Celia, she is uncomfortable. Eventually, Smith reveals his identity and in the course of time he and Celia fall in love.
The film survives intact and has been broadcast on both television and cable. It is also preserved in the Library of Congress collection.
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