The Widow From Chicago (1930)

63 mins | Melodrama | 23 November 1930

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DATE
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Film Daily
21 Dec 1930
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New York Times
20 Dec 1930
p. 20
Variety
24 Dec 1930
p. 20
DETAILS
Release Date:
23 November 1930
Production Date:

Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
First National Pictures, Inc.
29 November 1930
LP1778
Physical Properties:
Sound
Vitaphone
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
63
Length(in feet):
5,773
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

Lieutenant Finnegan of the New York Police Department and Jimmy Henderson, youngest detective on the force, board an inbound train trailing "Swifty" Dorgan, a Chicago gangster en route to work for Dominic, a local underworld figure; Dorgan leaps from the train at a bridge crossing and is thought to be killed. Planting a newspaper story that Dorgan escaped from the police, Jimmy assumes the gangster's identity and joins Dominic's gang; but he is shot down by the mob. Determined to avenge her brother's death, Polly poses as Swifty Dorgan's widow and gets work in Dominic's nightclub. When Dorgan actually returns, Polly persuades him to acquiese to her scheme, and he considers reforming. During an attempted holdup, Polly shoots a detective to protect Dorgan and later unwittingly gets a confession from Dominic that he killed her brother; cornered by police, he uses Polly as a shield, but Dominic and Dorgan shoot it out until Dominic is forced to ...

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Lieutenant Finnegan of the New York Police Department and Jimmy Henderson, youngest detective on the force, board an inbound train trailing "Swifty" Dorgan, a Chicago gangster en route to work for Dominic, a local underworld figure; Dorgan leaps from the train at a bridge crossing and is thought to be killed. Planting a newspaper story that Dorgan escaped from the police, Jimmy assumes the gangster's identity and joins Dominic's gang; but he is shot down by the mob. Determined to avenge her brother's death, Polly poses as Swifty Dorgan's widow and gets work in Dominic's nightclub. When Dorgan actually returns, Polly persuades him to acquiese to her scheme, and he considers reforming. During an attempted holdup, Polly shoots a detective to protect Dorgan and later unwittingly gets a confession from Dominic that he killed her brother; cornered by police, he uses Polly as a shield, but Dominic and Dorgan shoot it out until Dominic is forced to surrender.

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