The Widow from Chicago (1930) - Brief gangster movie from First National and director Edward Cline. Alice White stars as Polly Henderson, a sweet girl who is devastated when her policeman brother is killed in the street. She pretends to be the widow of a notorious crook so that she can get a job in the nightclub of gangster Dominic (Edward G. Robinson). She thinks he may have had a hand in her brother's killing, and she wants to find the evidence to convict him. Things get complicated when the supposedly dead crook that she was supposed to be married to, Swifty Dorgan (Neil Hamilton), shows up alive and well. Also featuring Frank McHugh, E.H. Calvert, Lee Shumway, Brooks Benedict, Betty Francisco, and Harold Goodwin.
This barely runs an hour, and the reason is that it was originally filmed as a musical, but after that genre lost favor with the ticket-buying audience, the musical numbers were excised. That's not really noticeable in the film, although it's kind of unclear what job Polly was supposed to be working at Dominic's club. Robinson is fine in a prototypical gangster role, while Hamilton, cast against type, isn't as bad as I was expecting. One aspect of the film that will confuse modern audiences: there's a bag belonging to Hamilton's character that comes into play a few times, and it features two large swastika emblems on the side. This was pre-Nazi times, though, and they were meant as a Native American good-luck charm. This is a fairly minor movie with some good performances, worth a look to fans of the genre. 7/10