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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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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 »

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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

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,810,000
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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

When MGM released the 1952 remake of The Merry Widow, the studio ceased further distribution of the earlier versions so as not to compete with the remake's box office take. The 1925 silent film disappeared entirely for decades, not to be seen again until it was reclaimed by Turner Classic Movies. The 1934 version turned up on television with a new title, A Lady Dances, to minimize confusion, as the more recent 1952 version was also leased to local television stations. See more »

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The statement about beginnings of decades and centuries, is absolutely not correct. :-) See more »

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Version of Gay Operetta: The Merry Widow (1959) 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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MGM's Third Version
27 February 2010 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Merry Widow, The (1952)

** (out of 4)

MGM's third attempt at the famous operetta by Franz Lehar probably has the biggest budget but it's lacking quite a bit from the much better 1925 and 1934 versions. This time out a wealthy widow (Lana Turner) is brought to a small country where the government there hopes she will spend her time and money. They hire the good looking Count Danilo (Fernando Lamas) to try and win her over. There's quite a bit to admire in this film but in the end it really left me bored, unattached and rather disappointed. It's very clear from the opening shot that MGM gave director Bernhardt a pretty big budget as the Technicolor really jumps off the screen as does the art direction and set design. Everything visually is striking here as the color really adds an entire dimension to the film and it really helps put you in this era and time. The sets are also quite lavish as we get some really amazing looking ballrooms and other settings that almost make this film worth watching. The costumes are another major plus as it really does seem like it took weeks just to place the extras in order so that the colors of their costumes would just bleed together and be perfectly captured by the cameras. If you just want some great looking eye candy then this film is a must see but the rest of the movie left me wanting a lot more. For starters, I found both Turner and Lamas to be very bland and boring in their roles and I didn't feel a single spark between them. I know Turner was going through some major issues at this point of her life so perhaps this took something away from her but I didn't find anything she did here to be very entertaining. Lamas certainly had the right look for the role but I never really cared for anything he was saying or doing. Una Merkel, a member of the 1934 version, has a few good moments here but not enough to save the film.


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