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The Merry Widow (1925)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 25 January 1926 (UK)
A prince must woo the now wealthy dancer he once abandoned in order to keep her money in the country in order to keep it from crashing economically.

Director:

Erich von Stroheim

Writers:

Erich von Stroheim (screen adaptation and scenario), Benjamin Glazer (screen adaptation and scenario) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Mae Murray ... Sally - The Merry Widow
John Gilbert ... Prince Danilo Petrovich
Roy D'Arcy ... Crown Prince Mirko
Josephine Crowell ... Queen Milena
George Fawcett ... King Nikita
Tully Marshall ... Baron Sadoja
Edward Connelly ... Ambassador
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Storyline

Prince Danilo falls in love with dancer Sally O'Hara. His uncle, King Nikita I of Monteblanco forbids the marriage because she is a commoner. Thinking she has been jilted by her prince, Sally marries old, lecherous Baron Sadoja, whose wealth has kept the kingdom afloat. When he dies suddenly, Sally must be wooed all over again by Danilo. Written by David Eickemeyer

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The gloriously intoxicating love story of the Merry Widow and her Prince Charming, is revealed at last in a picture production which will take your breath away! (Print Ad- Easton Free Press, ((Easton, Penna.)) 5 January 1926)

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Erich von Stroheim originally intended to play the secondary lead role of Crown Prince Mirko. He could not, however, as his contract with MGM stipulated that he could not appear in his directorial effort. Roy D'Arcy, a generally unknown actor at the time, was cast in the role after von Stroheim saw him acting in a play in Los Angeles. See more »

Goofs

A title card reads "a prince has a duty to his country higher then [sic] his duty to himself," a grammatical error unusual for such a prestigious studio as MGM. See more »

Quotes

King Nikita: Are you still drunk? Or are you crazy?
Prince Danilo Petrovich: Neither, Your Majesty. I'm going to marry Miss O'Hara because I love her!
King Nikita: Well, what's marriage got to do with love?
Queen Milena: Yes - what has love to do with marriage?
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Alternate Versions

The version shown on the Turner Classic Movies (TCM) channel has the musical score arranged by Dennis James and performed by him on a Möller pipe organ. It is shown at a proper silent movie speed and runs 137 minutes. See more »

Connections

Version of Die lustige Witwe (2007) See more »

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Erich von Stroheim's masterpiece!
25 September 1998 | by Pat-54See all my reviews

This is the kind of silent film that is so enjoyable to watch. Huge budget with a great cast. In the climatic dance sequence, where the "Merry Widow" dances, both Clark Gable and Myrna Loy, both unknowns at the time, were extras.


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Country:

USA

Language:

None

Release Date:

25 January 1926 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

A Viúva Alegre See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$608,016 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Silent

Color:

Color (2-strip Technicolor) (one sequence)| Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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