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The College Widow
Director: Archie L. Mayo (Dir)
Release Date:   15 Oct 1927
Duration (in mins):   67
Duration (in feet):   6,616
Duration (in reels):   7
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Cast:   Dolores Costello (Jane Witherspoon)  
    William Collier Jr. (Billy Bolton)  
    Douglas Gerrard (Professor Jelicoe)  
    Anders Randolf (Hiram Bolton)  
    Charles Hill Mailes (Professor Witherspoon)  
    Robert Ryan [Actor, ca. 1920s] (Jack Larrabee)  
    Sumner Getchell (Jimmie Hopper)  
    Big Boy Williams (Don White)  
    Grace Gordon (Flora)  
    Jess Hibbs    

Summary: Following another instance of the perennial defeat of the Atwater College football team, President Witherspoon is told that unless better athletes can be induced to come to Atwater, he will be asked to resign. Acting upon the suggestion of Professor Jelicoe, Jane, the professor's beautiful daughter, uses her personal charm to draw noted football stars from neighboring schools by a series of ruses at a vacationing spot. Billy Bolton, son of a financial magnate, falls for Jane and to prove himself registers under another name and works his way through school, attaining scholastic and athletic honors. Through the jealousy of another girl, Billy learns of Jane's trickery and persuades the athletes not to play; Jane finds them at a notorious roadhouse, and, after explaining her father's position, wins them over, though she denounces Billy. His athletic prowess, however, wins the game for Atwater and the approval of his father and Jane. 

Production Company: Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.  
Distribution Company: Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.  
Director: Archie L. Mayo (Dir)
  Henry Blanke (Asst dir)
Writer: Paul Schofield (Adpt)
  Peter Milne (Adpt)
  Jack Jarmuth (Titles)
Photography: Barney McGill (Cam)
Film Editor: Clarence Kolster (Film ed)
Country: United States
Language: English

Source Text: Based on the play The College Widow by George Ade (New York, 20 Sep 1904).
Authors: George Ade

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc. 10/10/1927 dd/mm/yyyy LP24496

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Genre: Romantic comedy
Subjects (Major): Athletes
  College life

Note: In 1915, Lubun Mfg. Co. produced an adaptation of George Ade's play. Also entitled The College Widow , that film was directed by Barry O'Neil and starred Charles Brandt and Ethel Clayton (see entry above). Warner Bros. produced a sound version in 1936 under the title Freshman Love . That film was directed by William McGann and starred Patricia Ellis and Warren Hull (see entry below). 

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