The Merry Widow

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"M-G-M presents the saucy new musical!"
  • Approved
  • 1952
  • 1 hr 45 min
  • 5.7  (656)

The Merry Widow is a lavish and romantic musical film from 1952, directed by Curtis Bernhardt and starring the beautiful Lana Turner, alongside Fernando Lamas and Una Merkel. The film is based on the popular operetta of the same name by Franz Lehár and features several of its beloved songs. The story is set in the fictional kingdom of Marshovia in the early 20th century. The wealthy and glamorous widow, Crystal Radek (Lana Turner) arrives in Paris to attend a ball organized by the Marshovian embassy, where she is reunited with her former lover, Crown Prince Danilo (Fernando Lamas). Danilo, who was once in love with Crystal but lost her due to his own foolishness, is now tasked by his uncle, King Achmed (Thomas Gomez), to woo her and prevent her from marrying a foreigner, thereby keeping her fortune in the country.

Crystal, who is reluctant to fall for Danilo again, tries to resist his advances and instead flirts with the charming and handsome Count de Rosillon (Robert Coote), who is also vying for her attention. However, as she spends more time with Danilo and gets to know him better, she realizes that her feelings for him never really went away and that he is the only man she truly loves.

Meanwhile, a subplot unfolds involving Danilo's secretary, Niki (Richard Haydn), and his fiancée, Valencienne (Una Merkel), who are secretly in love but must keep their relationship hidden due to Valencienne's marriage to a jealous baron (John Abbott). As the story progresses, multiple misunderstandings and obstacles arise, threatening to keep the lovers apart and jeopardize the fate of Marshovia.

The Merry Widow is a film that exudes charm, elegance, and romance. Lana Turner is stunning in her glamorous gowns and delivers a captivating performance as the sophisticated and independent Crystal, who is torn between her love for Danilo and her desire for freedom. Fernando Lamas is suave and charismatic as the dashing Danilo, who is determined to win Crystal's heart and redeem himself in her eyes. Their chemistry sizzles on screen, and their duets and dance numbers are highlights of the film.

The supporting cast also shines, particularly Una Merkel as the sweet and charming Valencienne, who is torn between her duty and her heart, and Richard Haydn as the bumbling but lovable Niki, who provides comic relief and a touch of innocence to the story. The film also features several renowned singers from the Metropolitan Opera, who lend their voices to the operetta's famous arias and ensemble numbers.

The movie's production values are top-notch, with lavish sets, stunning costumes, and dazzling choreography. The ballroom scenes are particularly impressive, featuring hundreds of extras, sumptuous decorations, and a grand orchestra. The film's musical score is a blend of classical operatic pieces and catchy Broadway-style tunes that are easy to hum along to.

Overall, The Merry Widow is a delightful and enchanting musical that transports the audience to a world of romance, intrigue, and glamour. Its timeless story, beautiful music, and stunning performances make it a classic that has stood the test of time and continues to be enjoyed by audiences around the world.

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    5.7  (656)