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Director:
Writers:
Ernest Vajda (screen play) and
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Release Date:
2 November 1934 (USA) See more »
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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 »
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Lubitsch's greatest musical 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)

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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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)

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Trivia:
During a recent showing on TMC it was stated that Jeanette MacDonald and Maurice Chevalier did not get along on this film. He called her a "prude" and she called him "a bottom pincher". Their relationship had been deteriorating for some time and this was the last film they appeared in together.See more »
Quotes:
Sonia:There's a limit to every widow.See more »
Movie Connections:
Spoofs Grand Hotel (1932/I)See more »
Soundtrack:
Girls, Girls, GirlsSee more »

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7 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Lubitsch's greatest musical, 19 December 2002
Author: Kalaman from Ottawa

Andrew Sarris once wrote that "Lubitsch suggests the art of lilting waltz or bubbling champagne" and nowhere is this truer in "The Merry Widow", Lubitsch's last musical, his first transition to MGM, and my own pick for Lubitsch's greatest musical (rivalled only by either "One Hour With You"(1932) or "The Smiling Lieutenant"(1931)). It just doesn't get any better than this. Lubitsch's approach here is to exploit Cedric Gibbons' enchanting Art Deco with wit. He also displays an eye for real, human emotion within the marvellous, dreamy world. There are many highlights, including the rousing rendition of "Delia" at the beginning, Chevalier's Danilo at the Maxim's, but the most extraordinary of all is The Merry Widow Waltz, a joyous blend of gaiety and sadness. In several successive shots, Danilo and Jeanette MacDonald's Sonia are shown alone on a dance floor and then exquisitely enveloped by hordes of dancers sweeping in from all sides - then all this enchanting splendour is climaxed by Lubitsch revealing that the whole ballroom scene is the subjective dream of the lovers. What appears to be the dance of life is in fact the dance of death.

Lubitsch will later reprise the waltz in his imperishable 1943 masterpiece "Heaven Can Wait" when Don Ameche recalls it on his death bed. Not to Mention, Alfred Hitchcock in "Shadow of a Doubt" as a reminder of death and mortality.

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