The Merry Widow is a 1934 American musical comedy film directed by Ernst Lubitsch and starring Maurice Chevalier, Jeanette MacDonald, and Edward Everett Horton. The film is based on the 1905 operetta of the same name by Franz Lehár. The film tells the story of Hanna Glawari, a wealthy widow who inherits a large fortune from her late husband. She is pursued by many men, including the Prince of Pontevedro, who is hoping to use her money to save his country from bankruptcy. Hanna eventually falls in love with Danilo, a former suitor who is now a penniless soldier. The Merry Widow was a critical and commercial success. It was nominated for three Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director. The film's score, which includes the songs "Vilia" and "The Merry Widow Waltz," was also nominated for an Academy Award. The Merry Widow is a classic musical comedy that is still enjoyed by audiences today. The film's beautiful sets, costumes, and music are a feast for the eyes and ears. The performances by Chevalier and MacDonald are also top-notch. The Merry Widow is a timeless classic that is sure to put a smile on your face.

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The Merry Widow (1952)

Musical/Romance

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The Merry Widow is a 1934 American musical comedy film directed by Ernst Lubitsch and starring Maurice Chevalier, Jeanette MacDonald, and Edward Everett Horton. The film is based on the 1905 operetta of the same name by Franz Lehár. The film tells the story of Hanna Glawari, a wealthy widow who inherits a large fortune from her late husband. She is pursued by many men, including the Prince of Pontevedro, who is hoping to use her money to save his country from bankruptcy. Hanna eventually falls in love with Danilo, a former suitor who is now a penniless soldier. The Merry Widow was a critical and commercial success. It was nominated for three Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director. The film's score, which includes the songs "Vilia" and "The Merry Widow Waltz," was also nominated for an Academy Award. The Merry Widow is a classic musical comedy that is still enjoyed by audiences today. The film's beautiful sets, costumes, and music are a feast for the eyes and ears. The performances by Chevalier and MacDonald are also top-notch. The Merry Widow is a timeless classic that is sure to put a smile on your face.

Status

Released

Language

English

Country

United States

Production Company

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)
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Cast
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Lana Turner

Crystal Radek
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Fernando Lamas

Count Danilo
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Una Merkel

Kitty Riley
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Richard Haydn

Baron Popoff
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Thomas Gomez

King of Marshovia
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John Abbott

Marshovian Ambassador
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Marcel Dalio

Police Sergeant
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King Donovan

Nitki
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Robert Coote

Marquis De Crillon
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Sujata Rubener

Gypsy Girl (as Sujata)
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Lisa Ferraday

Marcella
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Shepard Menken

Kunjany
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Ludwig Stössel

Major Domo (as Ludwig Stossel)
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Erville Alderson

Cart Driver (uncredited)
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Bette Arlen

Girl at Maxim's (uncredited)
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Frank Arnold

Waiter (uncredited)
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Geneviève Aumont

Girl at Maxim's (uncredited)
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Toni Carroll

Girl at Maxim's (uncredited)
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Sue Casey

Girl at Maxim's (uncredited)
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Perdita Chandler

Girl at Maxim's (uncredited)
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Zina d'Harcourt

Girl at Maxim's (uncredited)
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George Davis

Cabbie (uncredited)
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George Dee

Waiter (uncredited)
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Edward Earle

Chestnut Vendor (uncredited)
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Patricia Edwards

Girl at Maxim's (uncredited)
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Roger Etienne

Bellhop (uncredited)
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Everett Glass

Putney (uncredited)
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Lisa Golm

Queen (uncredited)
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Dolly Haas

First Little Girl (uncredited)
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Dolores Haas

Second Little Girl (uncredited)
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Patsy Henry

Third Little Girl (uncredited)
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Patricia Joiner

Suzanne (uncredited)
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Anne Kimbell

Girl at Maxim's (uncredited)
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Judy Landon

Girl at Maxim's (uncredited)
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Joi Lansing

Girl at Maxim's (uncredited)
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Norman Leavitt

Scout Leader (uncredited)
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Meredith Leeds

Girl at Maxim's (uncredited)
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Mitchell Lewis

The King's Page with pistol (uncredited)
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James Logan

Servant (uncredited)
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Marilyn Malloy

Girl at Maxim's (uncredited)
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Joseph Marievsky

Russian (uncredited)
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Michael Mark

Chestnut Vendor (uncredited)
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Matt Mattox

Dancer (uncredited)
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Edwin Max

Masher at Maxim's (uncredited)
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Wanda McKay

Girl at Maxim's (uncredited)
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Louis Mercier

French Tour Guide (uncredited)
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Torben Meyer

Station Master (uncredited)
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Nolie Miller

Girl at Maxim's (uncredited)
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Kathleen O'Malley

Girl at Maxim's (uncredited)
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Albert Pollet

Waiter (uncredited)
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Ann Roberts

Girl at Maxim's (uncredited)
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Sally Seaver

Girl at Maxim's (uncredited)
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Gale Sherwood

Girl at Maxim's (uncredited)
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Gregg Sherwood

Girl at Maxim's (uncredited)
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Bob Stebbins

Messenger (uncredited)
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Gene Summers

Girl at Maxim's (uncredited)
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Beverly Thompson

Girl at Maxim's (uncredited)
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Carlo Tricoli

Latki (uncredited)
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Dorothy Vaughan

Attendant (uncredited)
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Gwen Verdon

Specialty Can-Can Dancer (uncredited)
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Ernö Verebes

Waiter (uncredited)
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Dave Willock

Marshovian Attache (uncredited)
Crew
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Curtis Bernhardt

Director
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Sonya Levien

Writer
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William Ludwig

Writer
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Viktor Léon

Writer
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Leo Stein

Writer
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The Merry Widow

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11/17/2015

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