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Ernst Lubitsch directs the 1934 musical comedy The Merry Widow, based on the 1905 operetta by Franz Lehar. In 1885, King Achmed (George Barbier) strives to protect the financial interests of his small, poor kingdom of Marshovia in Central Europe. When the kingdom's wealthiest widow, Sonia (Jeanette MacDonald), goes off to Paris, the king sends the village's greatest lover, Prince Danilo (Maurice Chevalier), off to marry her. The king demands that Danilo must romance and marry Sonia so she will return to the small kingdom with her riches. If he doesn't succeed, he'll be arrested. While in Paris, Danilo is distracted from his royal task when he finds himself in the company of many lovely Parisian women. Unbeknownst to him, one of the ladies is really Sonia pretending to be an escort girl. After a dance number and some songs, the Ambassador (Edward Everett Horton) announces that they are to be married. When Sonia refuses to marry Danilo, he is arrested and sent back to the small kingdom. Eventually Sonia returns to Marshovia, where she visits him in jail. She testifies on his behalf and they are finally married. The Merry Widow was filmed several other times, including the 1925 silent version directed by Erich Von Stroheim and the1952 version starring Fernando Lamas as Danilo. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, Rovi

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Cedric Gibbons Best Art Direction 1934 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Frederic Hope Best Art Direction 1934 Winner

Cast

Maurice Chevalier
as Prince Danilo
Jeanette MacDonald
as Sonia
Edward Everett Horton
as Ambassador Popoff
Una Merkel
as Queen Dolorex
George Barbier
as King Achmed
Minna Gombell
as Marcelle
Ruth Channing
as Lulu
Sterling Holloway
as Mischka
Donald Meek
as Valet
Herman Bing
as Zizipoff
John Miller
as Drunk
Ferdinand Munier
as Jailer
Wedgewood Nowell
as Lackey
George Lewis
Barbara Leonard
as Maid
George Magrill
Caryl Lincoln
Frank Sheridan
as Judge
Akim Tamiroff
as Maxim's Manager
Evelyn Selbie
as Newspaper Woman
Rolfe Sedan
as Gabrielovitsch
Morgan Wallace
as Prosecuting Attorney
Luana Walters
as Sonia's Maid
Albert Pollet
as Head Waiter
Lucien Prival
as Adamovitch
Charles Requa
Russell Powell
Jason Robards, Sr.
as Arresting Officer
Dewey Robinson
Dorothy Wilson
Nora Cecil
as Animal Woman
Richard Carle
as Defense Attorney
Lane Chandler
as Soldier
Gino Corrado
Henry Armetta
as Turk
Barbara Barondess
Tyler Brooke
Sheila Bromley
Leonid Kinskey
as Shepherd
Winter Hall
as Priest
Dorothy Granger
Perry Ivins
as Waiter
Arthur Houseman
Eleanor Hunt
Patricia Farley
Billy Gilbert
as Fat Lackey
Virginia Field
as Prisoner

Crew

Ernst Lubitsch
Director
Irving G. Thalberg
Producer
Leo Stein
Book Author
Ernest Vajda
Screenwriter
Samson Raphaelson
Screenwriter
Oliver Marsh
Cinematographer
Herbert Stothart
Musical Direction/Supervision
Frederic Hope
Art Director
Cedric Gibbons
Art Director
Gabriel Scognamillo
Set Designer
Edwin B. Willis
Set Designer
Ali Hubert
Costume Designer
Adrian
Costume Designer
Albertina Rasch
Choreography
Leo Stein
Lyricist
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