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
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)
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 »
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 »
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 »
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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