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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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