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The Red Widow

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Genre  Short, Comedy, Romance
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Country  United States
Director  James Durkin
Distributor  Paramount Pictures

Language  Silent (English intertitles)
Writer  Channing Pollock, Hugh Ford
Release date  April 1916
Cast  Flora Zabelle Hitchcock, John Barry
Producers  Adolph Zukor, Jesse L. Lasky
Genres  Silent film, Comedy, Romance Film, Short Film
Similar movies  A Social Celebrity (1926), Brewsters Millions (1921), The Great Caruso (1951), Red Hair (1928), The Power and the Glory (1933)

The Red Widow is a lost 1916 silent comedy film produced by Famous Players-Lasky, distributed by Paramount Pictures. The film was based on a 1911 Broadway musical play The Red Widow by Channing Pollock and Rennold Wolf and starring comedian Raymond Hitchcock. John Barrymore stars in this film in the Hitchcock part of Cicero Butts. Hitchcocks wife, Flora Zabelle, is the leading lady in this film.

This particular comedy was shot twice. The negative for the first version burned up in a nitrate fire before prints were made. This was probably the same Famous Players fire of September 11, 1915 that destroyed the first version of Mary Pickfords Esmerelda (1915). Barrymore and cast reshot the film for no salary.

Cast

  • John Barrymore - Cicero Hannibal Butts
  • Flora Zabelle Hitchcock - Anna Varvara (*as Flora Zabelle)
  • John Hendricks - Baron Strickoutvich
  • Eugene Redding - Ivan Scorpioff
  • Millard Benson - Basil Romanoff
  • George E. Mack - Popova
  • Lillian Tucker - Mrs. Butts
  • E.L. Fernandez - Captain Roman (*as Mr. Fernandez)
  • unbilled

  • John Goldsworthy - ?
  • References

    The Red Widow Wikipedia
    The Red Widow IMDb


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