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The Merry Widow (1934)

Passed  |   |  Musical, Comedy, Romance  |  2 November 1934 (USA)
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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 ... 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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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

King Achmet: So they're blaming me, huh?
Valet: For everything. They're even telling jokes about your majesty.
King Achmet: Are they funny?
Valet: No.
King Achmet: That's bad.
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Soundtracks

The Merry Widow Waltz
(1905) (uncredited)
Music by Franz Lehár
Lyrics by Lorenz Hart
Sung by Jeanette MacDonald
Danced by Jeanette MacDonald, Maurice Chevalier and chorus
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frothy musical, in the lubitsch-lehar style
22 April 2003 | by (bronx, ny, u.s.) – See all my reviews

the music's the thing in this treatment of the light opera favorite. mcdonald was never better, voice and looks. ditto chevalier, acting in a role tailor-made for him. talk about a film having everything...the comedy, handled by old pros, such as sterling holloway, geo. barbier, una merkel, billy gilbert, henry armetta, donald meek, minna gombel. stupendous sets with dance scenes that were a lasting tribute to those who put them together. but as i said, the music, withal, is the thing. chevalier's "girls, girls, girls", "maxim's"; mcdonald's "delia" (was there ever a sweeter, more poignant song?), "merry widow waltz" and three or four other numbers. a truly great film. regrettably enough, mcdonald today is better remembered for the nelson eddy team-ups; personally, i prefer her with chevalier. they made at least four great musicals , the "widow" topping them all.


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