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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

A Merry Widow is a short, strapless corset or corselette with half-cups for the breasts and long garters. It was first made by the foundations company Warner's of Bridgeport, CT in 1952, to coincide with the release of this movie. See more »

Goofs

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 O Viúvo Alegre (1960) See more »

Soundtracks

Red as the Rose of Maytime
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Music by Franz Lehár
Lyrics by Christopher Hassall
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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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