The Merry Widow (1952)

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Based on an operetta by Franz Lehar, this remake of the 1934 original finds a wealthy widow returning to her husband's native land to dedicate a memorial to him. The country's king, deep in debt, tries to convince her to stay by offering a count for her to marry.
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Classics , Musical & Performing Arts
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Studio:
MGM

Cast

Lana Turner
as Crystal Radek
Fernando Lamas
as Count Danilo
Una Merkel
as Kitty Riley
Richard Haydn
as Baron Popoff
Thomas Gomez
as King of Marshovia
John Abbott
as Marshovian Ambassador
Marcel Dalio
as Police Sergeant
Robert Coote
as Marquis De Crillon
Sujata
as Gypsy Girl
Lisa Ferraday
as Marcella
Shepard Menken
as Kunjany
Ludwig Stossel
as Major Domo
Dave Willock
as Attache
Wanda McKay
as 1st Girl
Anne Kimbell
as 2nd Girl
Edward Earle
as Chestnut Vendor
Gwen Verdon
as Specialty Dancer
Gregg Sherwood
as Maxim Girl
Joi Lansing
as Maxim Girl
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Critic Reviews for The Merry Widow

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Full Review… | July 29, 2010
Senses of Cinema

Audience Reviews for The Merry Widow

½

A good remake from the original. Lana Turner and Fernando Lamas both are very good in this movie and look great!!!

Mason Williams
Mason Williams

Super Reviewer

½

That man, the one who was singing. What's his name?

All righty, friends, I think almost all of us would agree that musicals are a bit removed from the "real" world. Because lots of us understand this, we venture wisely in to the experience of a musical ready to deploy a healthy dose of the good old willing suspension of disbelief. And if we play our part this way, we manage, with a good musical, to get caught up in the possibility that we are watching a "real" event, despite the fact that the cast may break into song and even into dance.

So when we're playing our part, the last thing we need are what I will call "meta" musical lines of dialog, such as the lines I've quoted above. The conscious pointing out of the fact that people are singing and/or dancing tends to break the illusion in which we're participating. Agreed? I mean, would it have changed much to have Lana Turner simply say: "That man. What's his name?"

Anywho, this is not what I would call a top drawer favorite musical of mine, but it is a musical nonetheless, and for that alone: plus one star. The music is mostly beautiful music: plus one star. We get Lana Turner, and lots of her, if you know what I mean : ) Plus one star. Una Merkel always makes me smile, and Richard Haydn is his usual idiosyncratically brilliant self: plus 1/2 star each.

So that's four stars so far.

Ah, hmmmmm, I wonder who decided to cast Fernando Lamas in this one. Yikes! Minus one star for that brilliant idea. He is not so good normally, but singing? Auwe . . . .

Total: three stars. For me that means average, and this is definitely a wee cut above average. So because of all that great Lana Turner exposure, plus 1/2 star more : )

Lanning : )
Lanning : )

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