|The Merry Widow|
|Directed by||Ernst Lubitsch|
|Produced by||Irving Thalberg|
|Cinematography||Oliver T. Marsh|
|Edited by||Frances Marsh (English)|
Adrienne Fazan (French)
|Music by||Franz Lehár|
|Distributed by||Loew's Inc.|
|Box office||$2.8 million (worldwide rentals)|
The Merry Widow is a 1934 film adaptation of the 1905 operetta of the same name by Franz Lehár. The picture was directed and produced by Ernst Lubitsch starring Maurice Chevalier and Jeanette MacDonald with a supporting cast featuring Edward Everett Horton, Una Merkel, Sterling Holloway, Donald Meek, Jason Robards Sr. and Akim Tamiroff. A French-language version was produced at the same time and released in France the same year as La Veuve joyeuse with some but not all of the same cast (Chevalier, MacDonald, and Tamiroff appear in both versions).
Playboy Captain Danilo (Maurice Chevalier) is ordered by King Achmet of Marshovia (George Barbier) to court and marry Madame Sonia (Jeanette MacDonald), a rich widow who owns a large portion of the kingdom.
- Maurice Chevalier as Captain Danilo
- Jeanette MacDonald as Madame Sonia / Fifi
- Edward Everett Horton as Ambassador Popoff
- Una Merkel as Queen Dolores
- George Barbier as King Achmet
- Minna Gombell as Marcelle
- Ruth Channing as Lulu
- Sterling Holloway as Mischka
- Donald Meek as Valet
- Herman Bing as Zizipoff
- Jason Robards Sr. as Arresting Officer (uncredited)
- Akim Tamiroff as Maxim's Manager (uncredited)
- Maurice Chevalier as Prince Danilo
- Jeanette MacDonald as Missia
- Marcel Vallée as L'ambassadeur
- Danièle Parola as La reine
- André Berley as Le roi
- Fifi D'Orsay as Marcelle
- Pauline Garon as Lola
- George Davis as L'ordonnance
- Jean Perry as Le valet
- Akim Tamiroff as Turk
Awards and honors
The film is recognized by American Film Institute in these lists:
- The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study.
- Green, Stanley (1999) Hollywood Musicals Year by Year (2nd ed.), pub. Hal Leonard Corporation ISBN 0-634-00765-3 page 34
- "The Merry Widow". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Baseline & All Movie Guide. 2012. Archived from the original on 2012-10-17. Retrieved 2008-12-07.
- "AFI's Greatest Movie Musicals Nominees" (PDF). Retrieved 2016-08-13.
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