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S. Sylvan Simon
Artie Shaw and His Orchestra
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
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 »
Lana Turner is "The Merry Widow" who goes to Marchovia to see her deceased husband being honored by his homeland. In the meanwhile, she hears Fernando Lamas singing at a party at an inn, where he and the band were staying. They were supposed to greet her at the train's arrival. But, the train was late. What she doesn't know is that the country's king, played by Thomas Gomez, only asked her there, because they are in debt and need financial aid, badly. Or else, another country will invade and make their small country a province. Lamas is, of course, the prince and he is ordered to woo the rich widow. Una Merkel has a memorable role as her companion, and then there's a case of mistaken identity.
I do admit that it kind of feels its age with its obvious corniness. Some may say it is better than "Latin Lovers." But I can see their separate good points."Latin Lovers", I think, comes off better with its well-written dialogue and scenario. But, "The Merry Widow" is much more romantic and is very expressive with the grand score and dance numbers, which is its strength. Also, the good looks and chemistry between the stars help. They were a couple at this point in their careers, and they were very amorous. So I've read here.
All in all, if you want to see Lana and Fernando and love the waltz and the music of "The Merry Widow", then this is for you. I personally watch it every chance I get. After all, like people, if you love them, then you can forgive their flaws. "Say it again." (Inside joke.) After all, like people, if you love them, then you can forgive their flaws. Watch "The Merry Widow" and enjoy, flaws and all!
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