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HISTORY

Although not the basis of The Win(k)some Widow , The Winsome Widow , the Broadway show that is a significant plot point within the film, was a popular musical comedy that opened on Broadway on 11 Apr 1912. The musical was freely adapted from Charles H. Holt's comedy A Trip to Chinatown (New York, 9 Nov 1981).
       Cissy Fitzgerald, a famous star on London's West End and on Broadway before her entrance into films, was also known for her distinctive wink. According to NYDM her wink was insured by the Vitagraph for $25,000. The film opened at the Vitagraph Theatre on 7 Sep ... More Less

Although not the basis of The Win(k)some Widow , The Winsome Widow , the Broadway show that is a significant plot point within the film, was a popular musical comedy that opened on Broadway on 11 Apr 1912. The musical was freely adapted from Charles H. Holt's comedy A Trip to Chinatown (New York, 9 Nov 1981).
       Cissy Fitzgerald, a famous star on London's West End and on Broadway before her entrance into films, was also known for her distinctive wink. According to NYDM her wink was insured by the Vitagraph for $25,000. The film opened at the Vitagraph Theatre on 7 Sep 1914.
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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Motog
26 Sep 14
p. 436.
MPN
11 Jan 15
p. 62.
MPW
24 Oct 14
p. 550.
NYDM
9 Dec 14
p. 27.
Variety
11 Sep 14
p. 22.
DETAILS
Release Date:
October 1914
Copyright Claimant:
Vitagraph Co. of America
Copyright Date:
12 October 1914
Copyright Number:
LP3528
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
4
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

When a Broadway musical comedy called The Winsome Widow is in financial difficulty, Cutey, the press agent, decides to lure a famous star into joining the cast. Because the woman is known for her famous wink, Cutey decides to change the title of the play to The Win(k)some Widow , and as a result, it becomes a success. Cutey, the star's manager Hughie, and several others are infatuated with the woman, and when she rents a house in the country, they all decide to visit her, hoping for romance. During their visit, her husband returns unexpectedly causing all of the men to hide or assume comic identities. In the end, all are able to leave without the husband suspecting their intentions toward his ... +


When a Broadway musical comedy called The Winsome Widow is in financial difficulty, Cutey, the press agent, decides to lure a famous star into joining the cast. Because the woman is known for her famous wink, Cutey decides to change the title of the play to The Win(k)some Widow , and as a result, it becomes a success. Cutey, the star's manager Hughie, and several others are infatuated with the woman, and when she rents a house in the country, they all decide to visit her, hoping for romance. During their visit, her husband returns unexpectedly causing all of the men to hide or assume comic identities. In the end, all are able to leave without the husband suspecting their intentions toward his wife. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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