The Reluctant Widow (May 1, 1950)

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The Reluctant Widow
 

Released on May 1, 1950: A young girl on her way to a new job as governess finds herself in the middle of spies, smugglers, romance and danger.

Produced by Gordon Wellesley

Directed by Bernard Knowles

The Actors: Jean Kent (Elinor), Guy Rolfe (Lord Carlyon), Paul Dupuis (Lord Louis Nivelle), Lana Morris ('Becky' Beckles), Kathleen Byron (Madame Annette de Chevreaux), Scott Forbes (Francis Cheviot), Anthony Tancred (Nicky Carlyon), Peter Hammond (Eustace Cheviot), Jean Cadell (Mrs. Barrows), Andrew Cruickshank (Lord Bedlington), George Thorpe (Colonel Strong), Ralph Truman (Scowler), James Carney (Major Forbes), Allan Jeayes (Colonel), Hector MacGregor (Sir Malcolm Torrens), Noel Howlett (unknown), Roddy Hughes (unknown), Cecil Bevan (unknown), Peter Bull (unknown), Johnnie Schofield (unknown), Ernest Jay (unknown), Maxwell Foster (unknown), John Warren (unknown), Jack Vyvian (unknown), H.G. Stoker (unknown), Barry Denville (unknown), Janet Kay (unknown), Peter Dunlop (unknown), John Bell (unknown)

 

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What's a Girl to Do?

Papa was a preacher who believed that we should not go to movies, so my first exposure to motion pictures came from watching them on television . . . . My greatest joy today is in watching and sharing a new motion picture every day . . . . Well . . . . Actually an old motion picture that is new to me. As I write this I have shared more than two thousand different stories, and without any doubt at all, this is the strangest and most mystifying story yet . . . . The kind of story that is so outrageous that I cannot pause it for any reason great or small . . . . I must watch the next scene to hopefully get some answers to the previous scene's events, but alas, I only get more mystery and more questions.

Our story begins on a dark and stormy night. An innocent young lady is on her way to a new job as a governess for a young boy in a wealthy home in the English countryside. She arrives at an Inn where a coach will pick her up and take her to her new home and job. Helena, played by Jean Kent, comes from an upper-class family that has been impoverished and is deeply in debt. Helena has taken a job as a governess so that she can help to pay off the debts of her family. When a coach pulls up she quickly gets in and is taken not to the home where she is to be the new governess, but rather to a dark and lonely house . . . . The maid who answers the door proclaims that she surely doesn't look like the type of woman they were expecting.

A tall dark man enters the room and greets Helena and also exclaims that she isn't the kind of woman he was expecting . . . . Helena, believing that she is in the home where she is to be the new governess, proclaims proudly that she has never failed to provide satisfaction in the past, and will not fail to do so now. It turns out that a woman has been hired to marry Lord Cheviot . . . . You see, if Lord Cheviot dies without a wife his estate will pass to his cousin Lord Carlyon, and that will not do. This leads to that and Lord Cheviot is soon on his deathbed, and Helena finds it necessary to marry him moments before he dies . . . . You think that is strange? . . . . 'You ain't seen nothin yet' . . . . After Lord Cheviot passes, Helena remains in the house as the new owner, and as the thunder continues she is quietly sitting alone in the library when a rough rogue climbs through the window and informs her that he has brought twelve more . . . . Would the lady like him to bring one of them to her now? . . . . then she hears a noise somewhere in the house, and she discovers a man in the entrance room who tells her that he came in by the usual way, and would like to see Lord Cheviot . . . Now, all the doors have been locked and there is no way in or out . . . . There must be hidden passageways in this spooky house . . . . And this is the normal part of the story compared with what follows . . . . Helena will encounter French spies, British traitors, tall and handsome men wooing her, smugglers and brigands somehow getting into and out of her new home . . . . And the clock . . . The clock that does not tick . . . or tock . . . Adventure and romance that a woman could hardly imagine await Helena . . . If she isn't killed . . . Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

the face in the hall
the face in the hall
Anthony Tancred at the secret trap door
Anthony Tancred at the secret trap door
ALlan Jeayes and Hector MacGregor
ALlan Jeayes and Hector MacGregor
Andrew Cruickshank
Andrew Cruickshank
Guy Rolfe
Guy Rolfe
Guy Rolfe and Andrew Cruickshank
Guy Rolfe and Andrew Cruickshank
Guy Rolfe, Jean Kent and Scott Forbes
Guy Rolfe, Jean Kent and Scott Forbes
Guy Rolfe and Jean Kent
Guy Rolfe and Jean Kent
Guy Rolfe
Guy Rolfe
Guy Rolfe woos Jean Kent
Guy Rolfe woos Jean Kent
Guy Rolfe
Guy Rolfe
Jean Kent, Guy Rolfe and Jean Cadell
Jean Kent, Guy Rolfe and Jean Cadell
Jean Kent and Kathleen Byron
Jean Kent and Kathleen Byron
Jean Kent and Lana Morris
Jean Kent and Lana Morris
Jean Kent and Scott Forbes
Jean Kent and Scott Forbes
Jean Kent and Scott Forbes
Jean Kent and Scott Forbes
Jean Kent as Helena
Jean Kent as Helena
Jean Kent
Jean Kent
Jean Kent marries Guy Rolfe
Jean Kent marries Guy Rolfe
Jean Kent and Andrew Cruickshank
Jean Kent and Andrew Cruickshank
Jean Kent and Guy Rolfe
Jean Kent and Guy Rolfe
Jean Kent and Ralph Truman
Jean Kent and Ralph Truman
Jean Kent
Jean Kent
Kathleen Byron
Kathleen Byron
Kathleen Byron and Scott Forbes
Kathleen Byron and Scott Forbes
Kathleen Byron
Kathleen Byron
Paul Dupuis and Jean Kent
Paul Dupuis and Jean Kent
Paul Dupuis
Paul Dupuis
Peter Hammond
Peter Hammond
Ralph Truman and Jean Kent
Ralph Truman and Jean Kent
Ralph Truman
Ralph Truman
Scott Forbes
Scott Forbes
Scott Forbes
Scott Forbes