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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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When Lana Turner's millionaire husband Bob Topping left her in 1951, she slashed her wrist and had to wear a bracelet during this shoot to cover the scar. See more »

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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 »

Connections

Version of Musical Comedy Time: The Merry Widow (1950) See more »

Soundtracks

Night
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Music by Franz Lehár
Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster
Sung by Fernando Lamas
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The least interesting of MGM's 3 versions, but not as bad as you may think
19 April 2002 | by Clive-2See all my reviews

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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