The Flirting Widow (1930)

Genres - Comedy, Romance  |   Release Date - May 11, 1930 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 70 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Basil Rathbone unexpectedly plays the romantic lead in The Flirting Widow. Dorothy Mackaill stars as a wealthy young lady whose father has forbidden her younger sister (Leila Hyams) to marry before Dorothy does. To help sis out, Dorothy "invents" a husband, whom she claims is a British colonel stationed in Arabia. Dorothy discovers that the man she's designated as her imaginary hubby actually exists, in the form of the nonplused Mr. Rathbone. The dilemma: Dorothy has claimed that Rathbone is deceased, a report that is greatly exaggerated. Based on the story Green Stockings by A.E.W. Mason, Flirting Widow was the remake of a silent feature titled Slightly Used (27).

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Britain, colonel, con/scam, disapproval, father, imagination, marriage, marriage-of-convenience, parent, pretense, romance, scheme, seduction, sibling, sister, soldier, walking, wealth, woman