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Director:
Writers:
Ernest Vajda (screen play) and
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Release Date:
2 November 1934 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
The musical that set all the standards.
Plot:
The small kingdom of Marshovia has a little problem. The main tax-payer, the wealthy widow Sonia (who... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Won Oscar. See more »
User Reviews:
Give yourself over to absolute pleasure! See more (26 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Maurice Chevalier ... Danilo

Jeanette MacDonald ... Sonia

Edward Everett Horton ... Ambassador
Una Merkel ... Queen
George Barbier ... King
Minna Gombell ... Marcelle
Ruth Channing ... Lulu

Sterling Holloway ... Orderly

Donald Meek ... Valet
Herman Bing ... Zizipoff
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jacklyn Alexander ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Lona Andre ... Maid to Sonia (uncredited)
Henry Armetta ... Turk (uncredited)
Zita Baca ... Maxim Girl (uncredited)
Barbara Barondess ... Maxim Girl (uncredited)
George Baxter ... Ambassador (uncredited)
Cosmo Kyrle Bellew ... Escort (uncredited)
Sheila Bromley ... Sonia's Maid (uncredited)
Tyler Brooke ... Escort (uncredited)
Kathleen Burke ... Prisoner (uncredited)
A.S. 'Pop' Byron ... Doorman (uncredited)
Richard Carle ... Defense Attorney (uncredited)
Nora Cecil ... Animal Woman (uncredited)
Shirley Chambers ... Maxim Girl (uncredited)
Lane Chandler ... Soldier Reporting to Popoff (uncredited)
Claudia Coleman ... Wardrobe Mistress (uncredited)

Gino Corrado ... Waiter (uncredited)
Dorothy Dehn ... Maxim Girl (uncredited)
Jill Dennett ... Duchess - a Maxim Girl (uncredited)
Paul Ellis ... Dancer (uncredited)
Patricia Farley ... Maxim Girl (uncredited)
Christian J. Frank ... Policeman (uncredited)
Otto Fries ... Policeman (uncredited)
Dorothy Granger ... Maxim Girl (uncredited)
Roger Gray ... Policeman (uncredited)
Winter Hall ... Priest (uncredited)
Mary Halsey ... Maxim Girl (uncredited)
Jeanne Hart ... Maxim Girl (uncredited)
Tom Herbert ... Orthodox Priest (uncredited)
Arthur Housman ... Drunken Man (uncredited)
Eleanor Hunt ... Maxim Girl (uncredited)
Perry Ivins ... Waiter (uncredited)
Leonid Kinskey ... Shepherd (uncredited)
Connie La Mont ... Maxim Girl (uncredited)
Barbara Leonard ... Melissa (uncredited)
George J. Lewis ... Escort (uncredited)
Caryl Lincoln ... Maid to Sonia (uncredited)
Bella Loblov ... Gypsy Violinist (uncredited)
Jacques Lory ... Goatman (uncredited)

Ernst Lubitsch ... Himself - Director in Trailer (uncredited)
George Magrill ... Policeman (uncredited)
Eric Mayne ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
John Merkyl ... Escort (uncredited)
John 'Skins' Miller ... Drunken Man (uncredited)
Ferdinand Munier ... Jailer (uncredited)
Wedgwood Nowell ... Lackey (uncredited)
Frank O'Connor ... Soldier with Exhibit 2 (uncredited)
Albert Pollet ... Headwaiter (uncredited)
Russ Powell ... Fat Lackey (uncredited)
Lucien Prival ... Adamovitch (uncredited)
Charles Requa ... Escort (uncredited)
John Roach ... Policeman (uncredited)
Jason Robards Sr. ... Arresting Officer (uncredited)
Dewey Robinson ... Fat Lackey (uncredited)
Shirley Ross ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Matty Roubert ... Newsboy (uncredited)
Jan Rubini ... Violinist (uncredited)
Hector Sarno ... Gypsy Leader (uncredited)
Rolfe Sedan ... Gabrielovitsch (uncredited)
Evelyn Selbie ... Newspaper Woman (uncredited)
Frank Sheridan ... Judge (uncredited)

Akim Tamiroff ... Manager of Maxim's (uncredited)
Lee Tinn ... Excited Chinese Man (uncredited)
Maria Troubetskoy ... Maxim Girl (uncredited)
Edna Waldron ... Maid to Sonia (uncredited)
Morgan Wallace ... Prosecuting Attorney (uncredited)
Luana Walters ... Maid to Sonia (uncredited)
Peggy Watts ... Maxim Girl (uncredited)
Dorothy Wilson ... Maxim Girl (uncredited)
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Directed by
Ernst Lubitsch 
 
Writing credits
Ernest Vajda (screen play) and
Samson Raphaelson (screen play)

Viktor Léon (based on book and lyrics by) (as Victor Leon) and
Leo Stein (based on book and lyrics by)

Lorenz Hart  contributing writer (uncredited)
Ernst Lubitsch  contributing writer (uncredited)
Henri Meilhac  based on play "L'attaché d'Ambassade" (uncredited)

Produced by
Ernst Lubitsch .... producer (uncredited)
Irving Thalberg .... producer (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Oliver T. Marsh (photographed by)
 
Film Editing by
Frances Marsh (film editor)
 
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
 
Makeup Department
Robert J. Schiffer .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Joe Lefert .... co-assistant director (uncredited)
Joseph M. Newman .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Fredric Hope .... associate art director
Edwin B. Willis .... associate art director
Fred Gabourie .... set designer (uncredited)
Henry Grace .... set dresser (uncredited)
Bert Sperling .... props (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording director
James Brock .... sound mixer (uncredited)
M.J. McLaughlin .... sound mixer (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ted Allan .... still photographer (uncredited)
Johnny Greer .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Harry Reid .... grip (uncredited)
Art Spang .... grip (uncredited)
Lester White .... second camera operator (uncredited)
Ted Wurtenberg .... gaffer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Adrian .... gowns: Miss MacDonald
Ali Hubert .... wardrobe
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Lorenz Hart .... lyrics by
Gus Kahn .... additional lyrics
Franz Lehár .... music by (as Franz Lehar)
Richard Rodgers .... lyrics by
Herbert Stothart .... musical adaptation
Paul Marquardt .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Charles Maxwell .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leonid Raab .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Albertina Rasch .... dances directed by
Eric Locke .... business manager (uncredited)
F.D. Raymond .... stageman (uncredited)
Bert Spencer .... waltz instructor: Jeanette MacDonald (uncredited)
Carl West .... stageman (uncredited)
 

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Runtime:
99 min
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Language:
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Netherlands:AL (original rating) (1935) | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:TV-PG (TV rating) | West Germany:12 (nf)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The final film collaboration between Maurice Chevalier, Jeanette MacDonald, and director Ernst Lubitsch.See more »
Quotes:
Queen Dolores:Put Gabrielovitsch and Sienkovitsch together, and what have you got? Gabrielovitsch and Sienkovitsch.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in 100 Years of Comedy (1997) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
The Merry Widow WaltzSee more »

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24 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
Give yourself over to absolute pleasure!, 2 September 1999
Author: David Atfield (bits@alphalink.com.au) from Canberra, Australia

This film is nothing short of glorious. Before films decided they had to be realistic they had style, and Lubitsch was the style king. Everything about this film is sumptuous and beautiful, and the Oscar winning art direction of Cedric Gibbons and Fredric Hope is truly magnificent. Not bad either are the gowns of Adrian.

MacDonald and Chevalier are excellent together, there is great support from Edward Everett Horton - and who will ever forget the magic scenes between Chevalier and the king and the queen - irresitably played by Una Merkel and George Barbier. The script is witty and a little naughty ("I know what to do with her but I'm too old"), the cinematography breath-taking and the music gorgeous.

But the star of the show is Lubitsch - the mass waltz scene is magnificent, the depiction of MacDonald's mourning clothes (all black - even the dog!) and their transformation into white is astonishing and, just when you think the plot is running out of steam, he gives us an hilarious ending that is unforgettable.

If you ever get a chance to see this on the big screen, run don't walk to the cinema. A perfect 10.

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