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The Merry Widow (1934) was a Musical - Comedy Film directed by Ernst Lubitsch and produced by Irving Thalberg and Ernst Lubitsch.

Academy Awards 1952 --- Ceremony Number 25 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best Art DirectionCedric Gibbons, Fredric HopeWon
Best Art DirectionArt Direction: Cedric Gibbons, Paul Groesse; Set Decoration: Edwin B. Willis, Arthur KramsNominated
Best Costume DesignHelen Rose, Gile SteeleNominated
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Musical Monday: The Merry Widow (1952)

on Jul 16, 2018 From Comet Over Hollywood

It?s no secret that the Hollywood Comet loves musicals. In 2010, I revealed I had seen 400 movie musicals over the course of eight years. Now that number is over 500. To celebrate and share this musical love, here is my weekly feature about musicals. This week?s musical: The Merry Widow (1952)?? Mus... Read full article


The Merry Widow (1934)

By Beatrice on Jun 25, 2018 From Flickers in Time

The Merry Widow Directed by Ernst Lubitsch Written by Ernest Vajda and Samuel Raphaelson based on an operetta by Victor Leon and Leo Stein 1934/USA Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Repeat viewing/Amazon Instant Nothing like setting the Lubitsch touch to beautiful music. Sonia (Jeanette MacDonald) is a young wido... Read full article


The Merry Widow (1952)

on Mar 9, 2016 From Journeys in Classic Film

Originally undertaken in 1925 with a remake in 1934, this was the third and final adaptation of the Franz Lehar operetta. By far the most expensive and opulent of the trio, The Merry Widow replaces the likes of Mae Murray and Maurice Chevalier with clotheshorse Lana Turner and bohunk Fernando Lamas ... Read full article


The Merry Widow (1952)

on Mar 9, 2016 From Journeys in Classic Film

Originally undertaken in 1925 with a remake in 1934, this was the third and final adaptation of the Franz Lehar operetta. By far the most expensive and opulent of the trio, The Merry Widow replaces the likes of Mae Murray and Maurice Chevalier with clotheshorse Lana Turner and bohunk Fernando Lamas ... Read full article


A Vi?va Alegre / The Merry Widow (1934)

By L? on Jan 9, 2016 From Critica Retro

A Vi?va Alegre / The Merry Widow (1934) O que primeiro vem ? sua mente quando voc? pensa na Fran?a? Torre Eiffel? A Marselhesa? Boinas? Napole?o? Escargot? Para mim, h? duas coisas que representam a Fran?a: Versalhes e Maurice Chevalier. E ambos podem ser vistos em “A Vi?va Alegre”... Read full article


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Quotes from

King Achmet: So they're blaming me, huh?
Valet: For everything. They're even telling jokes about your majesty.
King Achmet: Are they funny?
Valet: No.
King Achmet: That's bad.


King Achmet: Now tell me, if you weren't married... if you weren't my wife, could you fall for Gabrielovitsch?
Queen Dolores: If I weren't married... if I had it to do over again, and had the choice between you and Gabrielovitsch? Frankly, I'd take you.
[King Achmet laughs contentedly]
Queen Dolores: That shows you what I think of Gabrielovitsch.


Ambassador Popoff: Adamovitch.
Adamovitch: Yes, your excellency?
Ambassador Popoff: Go to my bedroom. In the cabinet, behind his majesty's picture, is a little brown bottle of poison... Throw it away. It's a protective measure.


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Facts about

The 1,000 gas chandeliers on the sets took two hours to turn on.
MGM hired at least 500 extras for the "Merry Widow" dance number.
Because the contracts of Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart contained a clause stating they were a team, they both got on-screen credit for the lyrics of the songs, even though only Hart wrote them.
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