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Director:
Writers:
Ernest Vajda (screen play) and
Samson Raphaelson (screen play) ...
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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 »
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User Reviews:
A superb classic production of this Lehar romantic operetta 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 V. 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)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The 1,000 gas chandeliers on the sets took two hours to turn on.See more »
Quotes:
Sonia:There's a limit to every widow.See more »
Movie Connections:
Spoofs Grand Hotel (1932/I)See more »
Soundtrack:
The Merry Widow WaltzSee more »

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12 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
A superb classic production of this Lehar romantic operetta, 1 February 2004
Author: ducklinguk1 from Oxfordshire England & Albany Georgia USA

Forget that this classic film was made forty years ago! You will also forget that it is in black and white from the moment that 'the curtain goes up' because of the wonderfully convincing performances and the romance of the music - just surrender to it - even the make-believe fantasy of the story; be a fly on the wall and let yourself be swept along as the scenes unfold at good pace.This is beautifully directed by Lubitsch whilst Vajda and Raphaelson have produced a great script.MGM built some wonderful sets - the opulence of the King of Marshovia's palace is fun with the lovely cast crowns on the huge doors ( a bit 'Wizard of Oz'ish'!) and the great dance sequences at the Embassy Ball may have influenced others 20 or so years later for 'My Fair Lady'. There are some lovely humourous touches and every performance is polished right down to the gypsy violinist. The music is wonderful but at the top of the credits are performances by Jeanette MacDonald and Maurice Chevalier which are totally believable. We need to remind ourselves that when this was made in 1934 the film industry was not long into its infancy and despite the absence of all of today's surround sound - the distraction of colour -and all the technical 'advances' - this is a little masterpiece. You can hear clearly every word (what a refreshing change from todays films!!)and this delightful Lehar masterpiece rolls along on the great and convincing performances with the romance atmosphere of the music tugging at your heartstrings. Those without hearts or strings give this a miss - but sadly if you do I believe that you will be incomplete because you will have denied yourself the thrills,fun and fantasy of a delightful, beautifully performed 'once upon a time' romance.

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