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The Merry Widow (1952)

 -  Musical  -  5 September 1952 (USA)
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Operating under royal orders, a count must woo a young and wealthy widow in order to save a kingdom from bankruptcy.

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Una Merkel ...
Kitty Riley
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Baron Popoff
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King of Marshovia
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Marshovian Ambassador
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Police Sergeant
King Donovan ...
Nitki
Robert Coote ...
Marquis De Crillon
Sujata Rubener ...
Gypsy Girl (as Sujata)
Lisa Ferraday ...
Marcella
Shepard Menken ...
Kunjany
Ludwig Stössel ...
Major Domo (as Ludwig Stossel)
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Storyline

Marshovia, a small European kingdom, is on the brink of bankruptcy but the country may be saved if the wealthy American Crystal Radek, widow of a Marshovian, can be convinced to part with her money and marry the king's nephew count Danilo. Arriving to Marshovia on a visit, Crystal Radek change places with her secretary Kitty. Following them to Paris, Danilo has a hard time wooing the woman he believes is the widow after falling in love with an attractive young woman at a nightclub, the same Crystal Radek who presents herself as Fifi the chorus girl. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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5 September 1952 (USA)  »

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A Viúva Alegre  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Turner and Lamas were romantically involved during the film and were set to co-star in "Latin Lovers," but had a falling-out, and she had him replaced with Ricardo Montalban a week before shooting was to begin. See more »

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Red as the Rose of Maytime
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Music by Franz Lehár
Lyrics by Christopher Hassall
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Ok movie with so-so music
21 February 2002 | by (www.moviemoviesite.com) – See all my reviews

THE MERRY WIDOW is an inoffensive movie that didn't really strike me as a musical; there aren't that many songs in it, and those the movie does contain aren't particularly memorable. Turner and Lamas make an extremely good-looking couple, although Turner - always the brash blonde - looks out-of-place in the confines of high-class hotels and mythical European palaces. The colour is sometimes a little too much: garish reds and pinks (especially in the outlandish hotel foyer) often saturate the screen and distract the viewer's attention from the people on the screen. Not a great MGM musical by any means, but watchable if you're in the mood for some undemanding fare.


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