The Merry Widow (1952)

The Merry Widow

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Based on an operetta by Franz Lehar, this remake of the 1934 original finds a wealthy widow (Lana Turner) returning to her husband's native land to dedicate a memorial to him. The king (Thomas Gomez) of the country, deep in debt, tries to convince her to stay by offering a young count (Fernando Lamas) for her to marry. The film earned Oscar nominations for Best Art Direction/Set Decoration and Best Costumes.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Musical & Performing Arts, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: William Ludwig, Sonya Levien
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 26, 1993
Runtime:

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Cast


as Crystal Radek

as Count Danilo

as Kitty Riley

as Baron Popoff

as King of Marshovia

as Marshovian Ambassado...

as Police Sergeant

as Marquis De Crillon

as Gypsy Girl

as Marcella

as Major Domo

as Attache

as 1st Girl

as 2nd Girl

as Chestnut Vendor

as Specialty Dancer

as Maxim Girl

as Maxim Girl
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½

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

mwilliams078
Mason Williams

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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 : )

binky013
Lanning : )

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