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The least interesting of MGM's 3 versions, but not as bad as you may think
The script is not terrible, but much of it is simplistic and some of it doesn't make sense. The star soprano's arias have been transposed to the baritone's. She no longer sings the `Vilja' song about the woods maiden and the huntsman; instead he does, to a gypsy girl of that name. The film's biggest drawback is the direction, which is dull and sluggish. But 45 minutes into the movie, when Lana Turner and Una Merkel exchange identities, the pace picks up. What raises the film from 4 (Of Mild Interest) to 5 (Of Some Interest) is Fernando Lamas, appearing in only his third film, his first starring role. He not only is a handsome, dashing, and confident actor, but also has a good sense of comic timing. His warm speaking voice is part of his strength and appeal, and he sings with a very pleasant vibrato and a sophisticated use of dynamics and nuance.
The movie lacks 1934's marvelous Ernst Lubitsch touch, not to mention the dark bizarreries of Erich von Stroheim's 1925 silent version. Lana is no match to Jeanette MacDonald as a charming, sophisticated comedienne. Happily in 1934 Jeanette had just arrived at MGM from Paramount and was being guided by the director who understood her best. Her new studio had not yet had a chance to stifle her personality by molding her into an icon. On the other hand, by 1952 MGM had transformed Lana from a sexpot into a lady, as they had done to Norma Shearer in the 1930s and to Greer Garson in the 1940s, squeezing almost all of the juice out of them. But Lana and Lamas were `an item' at the time (the reason he was cast over MGM's original choice, Ricardo Montalban), and their personal affair lends a modicum of interest, too.
For the real thing -- Lehár's music done in authentic operetta style -- get the 1953 monaural EMI recording conducted by Otto Ackermann. It features Elizabeth Schwarzkopf as Hanna, baritone Erich Kunz as Danilo, tenor Nicolai Gedda as Camille, and soprano Emmy Loose as Valencienne. Ten years later Schwarzkopf and Gedda repeated their roles in a stereo recording, but the earlier version is better.
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