The Reluctant Widow (1951)

Genres - Adventure, Historical Film  |   Release Date - May 1, 1950 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 86 min.  |   Countries - UK  |  
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The Reluctant Widow in this muted British comedy is young 19th-century governess Elinor, played by Jean Kent. Inadvertently inheriting a vast estate, Elinor is bedeviled by both British turncoats and French espionage agents, who hide out in the mansion while preparing to steal Lord Wellington's battle plans for Waterloo. One of the British traitors is played by Julian Dallas, who as "Scott Forbes" would later star on TV's Jim Bowie. For reasons unknown, the film was heavily re-edited and restructured before its general release, making certain portions of the storyline incomprehensible. Through it all, however, Jean Kent maintains her dignity and charm as she quietly outwits the many villains.

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danger, espionage, forbidden-love, heir, inheritance, governess