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The Merry Widow (1934)

Passed | | Musical, Comedy, Romance | 2 November 1934 (USA)
The small kingdom of Marshovia has a little problem. The main tax-payer, the wealthy widow Sonia (who pays 52 0f the taxes) has left for Paris So Count Danilo is sent to Paris, to stop her ... See full summary »

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The small kingdom of Marshovia has a little problem. The main tax-payer, the wealthy widow Sonia (who pays 52 0f the taxes) has left for Paris So Count Danilo is sent to Paris, to stop her from getting married by a stranger, so that the danger of removing the money is banned. But this is not that easy as the ambassador in Paris has planned. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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La viuda alegre  »

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With a $1.6 million budget, this was the most expensive musical of its day. It was also MGM's most expensive film since Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1925). See more »

Quotes

Captain Danilo: You're the freshest Fifi I've ever met.
Sonia: But a nice Fifi.
Captain Danilo: How nice?
Sonia: Not too nice.
Captain Danilo: Your right eye says yes, and your left eye says no. Fifi, you're cockeyed!
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Maxim's
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Music by Franz Lehár
Lyrics by Lorenz Hart
Sung by Maurice Chevalier
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28 February 1999 | by (mountain view, ca) – See all my reviews



This is why Hollywood use the expression "The Lubitsch Touch". Almost every film made by that most delightful of directors was sprightly and hilarious and sexy, and this is one of his most delightful. It's the best version filmed.

Maurice Chevalier is of course just as attractive as a man can be, and Jeanette MacDonald is wonderfully funny and sexy (why oh why did she ever team up with Nelson "The Singing Capon" Eddy? With Chevalier she was enchanting, with Eddy you wanted to slap her), and the supporting cast is delightful. Wonderful script, wonderful score, fabulous thirties-period costumes, all in all a delight.


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