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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

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 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 »


Soundtracks

The Merry Widow Waltz
(uncredited)
Music by Franz Lehár
Lyrics by Viktor Léon and Leo Stein
Sung by Fernando Lamas and Lana Turner (dubbed by Trudy Erwin)
Danced by chorus
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Saving Marshovia
7 May 2007 | by jotix100See all my reviews

This 1952 MGM production of Franz Lehar's classic pales in comparison with the Erns Lubitsch's lavish version, that even in black and white, is richer and more appealing to the eye than the later account.

Part of the blame must go to whoever decided to tailor make the film to suit its star, Lana Turner, and the direction of Curtis Bernhardt. As an operetta "The Merry Widow" has been delighting audiences for quite some time. The music alone is worth the price of admission, or in this case, the price of being able to get TCM on cable.

The other interesting thing is how the Technicolor used in the filming of this remake has faded after more than fifty years. The copy shown by TCM recently had a faded look that made it less interesting to watch.

Lana Turner and Fernando Lamas made an attractive couple, but their chemistry doesn't quite make it. Veterans Una Merkel, Thomas Gomez, Richard Haydn, and Marcel Dalio, among others, try their best, but their efforts don't make the film better.

We would strongly advise discerning viewers to check out the older Lubitsch's take on this timeless work.


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