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The Merry Widow ()


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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.

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Sally - The Merry Widow
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Prince Danilo Petrovich
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Crown Prince Mirko
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Queen Milena
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King Nikita
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Baron Sadoja
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Ambassador
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Helen Howard Beaumont ...
Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Gertrude Bennett ...
Hard-Boiled Virginia (uncredited)
Bernard Berger ...
Boy (uncredited)
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Danilo's Footman (uncredited)
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French Barber (uncredited)
Albert Conti ...
Danilo's Adjutant (uncredited)
D'Arcy Corrigan ...
Horatio (uncredited)
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Ballroom Dancer (uncredited)
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Orchestra Leader (uncredited)
Anielka Elter ...
Blindfolded Musician (uncredited)
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Sadoja's Chambermaid (uncredited)
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Ballroom Dancer (uncredited)
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Madonna (uncredited)
Louise Hughes ...
Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Irene ...
Ballroom Dancer (uncredited)
Harvey Karels ...
Jimmy Watson (uncredited)
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Innkeeper (uncredited)
Charles Margolis ...
Flo Epstein (uncredited)
Anna Maynard ...
Chorus Girl (uncredited)
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Innkeeper's Wife (uncredited)
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Doorkeeper (uncredited)
Beatrice O'Brien ...
Chorus Girl (uncredited)
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Ballroom Dancer (uncredited)
Lon Poff ...
Sadoja's Lackey (uncredited)
Eugene Pouyet ...
Francois (uncredited)
Frances Primm ...
Hansen Sister (uncredited)
Oscar Rudolph ...
Boy (uncredited)
Don Ryan ...
Mirko's Adjutant (uncredited)
Rolfe Sedan ...
Maxim's Waiter (uncredited)
Carolynne Snowden ...
Black Dancer (uncredited)
Merewyn Thayer ...
Baroness Popoff (uncredited)
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Dopey Marie (uncredited)
Lucille Van Lent ...
Innkeeper's Daughter (uncredited)
Ellinor Vanderveer ...
Ballroom Dancer (uncredited)
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Danilo's Aide-de-camp (uncredited)
Clara Wallacks ...
Hansen Sister (uncredited)
Zack Williams ...
George Washington White (uncredited)
Zalla Zarana ...
Frenchie Christine (uncredited)

Directed by

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Erich von Stroheim

Written by

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Erich von Stroheim ... (screen adaptation and scenario) and
Benjamin Glazer ... (screen adaptation and scenario)
 
Viktor Léon ... (adapted from the musical comedy by) (as Victor Leon) &
Leo Stein ... (adapted from the musical comedy by)
 
Marian Ainslee ... (titles)

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Irving Thalberg ... producer (uncredited)
Erich von Stroheim ... producer (uncredited)

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Oliver T. Marsh ... (photography) (as Oliver Marsh)
William H. Daniels ... (uncredited)
Ray Rennahan ... (uncredited)
Ben F. Reynolds ... (uncredited)

Film Editing by

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Frank E. Hull ... film editor
Margaret Booth ... (uncredited)

Costume Design by

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Richard Day ... (uncredited)
Erich von Stroheim ... (uncredited)

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Louis Germonprez ... assistant director (uncredited)
Edward Sowders ... assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

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Richard Day ... settings
Cedric Gibbons ... settings

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Cliff Shirpser ... assistant camera (uncredited)

Music Department

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Franz Lehár ... adapter: from operetta by (as Franz Lehar)
William Axt ... music arranger (uncredited)
Maurice Baron ... orchestrator (uncredited)
David Mendoza ... music arranger (uncredited)

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Henry W. Savage ... produced upon the stage by
Ernest Belcher ... choreographer (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Plot Summary

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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Also Known As
  • La veuve joyeuse (France)
  • Die lustige Witwe (Germany)
  • La viuda alegre (Spain)
  • A Viúva Alegre (Portugal)
  • I efthymi hira (Greece)
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Runtime
  • 137 min
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Budget $608,016 (estimated)

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Trivia One of the most expensive scenes to be filmed, a champagne-fueled orgy with numerous under-dressed chorus girls, was cut for censorship reasons. 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 »
Movie Connections Edited into Seul le cinéma (1994). See more »
Quotes Prince Danilo Petrovich: Where the devil did you get these pictures?
Danilo's Adjutant: From my barber - he said he got them in Paris.
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