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Overture to The Merry Wives of Windsor (1953)

Passed | | Short, Music | 15 January 1954 (USA)
Johnny Green conducts the MGM Symphony Orchestra in a performance of the title work.


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Complete credited cast:
Johnny Green ...
Himself - Conductor


As the 100 members of the MGM Symphony Orchestra take their seats, an off-screen narrator introduces the music and provides the credits to the cinematographer, editor, and sound supervisor. The music is Otto Nicolai's "Overature to the Merry Wives of Windsor," conducted by Johnny Green in the MGM Concert Hall. Green and the other men are in white tie and tails, the four women are in black. Most of the film consists of long takes, slow pans, some camera movement including crane shots, as well as zooming slowly out and in. Green conducts, the orchestra plays, and the film ends. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Release Date:

15 January 1954 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Merry Wives of Windsor Overture  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System) (magnetic prints)



Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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The credits are spoken, rather than printed on the screen. The only time the title is seen is at the very end. See more »


Overture from 'The Merry Wives of Windsor'
Music by Otto Nicolai
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19 December 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Author: eeeeeeeee from United States But what makes this bizarre is that the short has no credits, NONE, nada, zilch -- neither orchestra nor conductor are ever identified, and the music itself is named only at the end as a kind of afterthought."

As with the other shorts produced with the MGM Symphony Orchestra the credits are spoken at the start of the film. See also "Poet and Peasant Overture," "MGM Jubilee Overture," and "Strauss Fantasy." The purpose of these short films was to show off stereophonic sound and the new Widescreen and CinemaScope processes. They would be seen, along with trailers, cartoons, and newsreels, before and/or after the main feature.

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