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The Merry Widow (1952)

Approved | | Musical | 5 September 1952 (USA)
Operating under royal orders, a count must woo a young and wealthy widow in order to save a kingdom from bankruptcy.

Director:

Curtis Bernhardt

Writers:

Sonya Levien (screenplay), William Ludwig (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lana Turner ... Crystal Radek
Fernando Lamas ... Count Danilo
Una Merkel ... Kitty Riley
Richard Haydn ... Baron Popoff
Thomas Gomez ... King of Marshovia
John Abbott ... Marshovian Ambassador
Marcel Dalio ... Police Sergeant
King Donovan ... Nitki
Robert Coote ... Marquis De Crillon
Sujata Rubener Sujata Rubener ... Gypsy Girl (as Sujata)
Lisa Ferraday ... Marcella
Shepard Menken Shepard Menken ... Kunjany
Ludwig Stössel ... Major Domo (as Ludwig Stossel)
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Storyline

Marshovia, a small European kingdom, is on the brink of bankruptcy but the country may be saved if the wealthy American Crystal Radek, widow of a Marshovian, can be convinced to part with her money and marry the king's nephew count Danilo. Arriving to Marshovia on a visit, Crystal Radek change places with her secretary Kitty. Following them to Paris, Danilo has a hard time wooing the woman he believes is the widow after falling in love with an attractive young woman at a nightclub, the same Crystal Radek who presents herself as Fifi the chorus girl. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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Genres:

Musical

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 September 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Viúva Alegre See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$4,865,760, 31 December 1952

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,810,000, 31 December 1952
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Una Merkel previously appeared as Queen Dolores in the 1934 film version of The Merry Widow (1934), starring Maurice Chevalier and Jeanette MacDonald. See more »

Goofs

The movie starts with the celebration of the advent of the 20th century, which is supposed to start in 1900. In fact, decades and centuries start with 1, and end with 0: 1901-1910,1911-1920, 1921-1930, 1931-1940,1941-1950, 1951-1960, 1961-1970, 1971-1980, 1981-1990, and 1991 to 2000. 1900 is in fact the LAST YEAR of the 19th century. See more »

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Maxim's
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Music by Franz Lehár
Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster
Sung by Fernando Lamas and Richard Haydn
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in real 3 strip Technicolor too!
21 March 2005 | by ptb-8See all my reviews

In Australia we are still able to see the beautiful MGM musical in a real 1952 vintage 3 strip Technicolor print which is still in very good condition. I saw it last year and apart from a few bumpy reel changes it is very clean and not scratched too much. Lucky us! I know this is not the definitive version purists rave about (that is the 1934 version) but MGM in 1952 was about as technically lush and state of the art perfect as one could want for any musical. In fact MW is is as colorful and as visually lavish as MY FAIR LADY or ON A CLEAR DAY or HALF A SIXPENCE or even the indoor scenes in TITANIC to any modern audience. The Gen x-ers who saw this version were absolutely in awe of how spectacular this REAL Technicolor version is. Lana is amazingly beautiful and Fernando is his virile Latin he man best. The Waltz in the last reel is exquisite. The only irritating bit is the same 'mid-west-Yanks-in-Europe' antics that annoy in LOVELY TO LOOK AT made the same year. However, who really cares when THE MERRY WIDOW is visually astonishing and musically delicious. What a year it was at MGM in 1952! And this much guarded and treasured proper Hollywood 3 strip Technicolor print is staying here, folks! If you wanna see it you have to come visit.


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