Ernst Lubitsch has here brought the field of operetta to the level of popular taste. Besides Lubitsch, the many involved include Ernest Vajda and Samson Raphaelson on the book; Herbert Stothart on the music; Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart and Gus Kahn on the 1934 lyrics. They are, 26 years after, the collaborators on the original Widow by Franz Lehar, Victor Leon and Leo Stein. Two or three new airs have been added, but the music still stands pat on Lehar #smartly so.

Ernst Lubitsch has here brought the field of operetta to the level of popular taste. Besides Lubitsch, the many involved include Ernest Vajda and Samson Raphaelson on the book; Herbert Stothart on the music; Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart and Gus Kahn on the 1934 lyrics. They are, 26 years after, the collaborators on the original Widow by Franz Lehar, Victor Leon and Leo Stein. Two or three new airs have been added, but the music still stands pat on Lehar #smartly so.

In his leads, Lubitsch picked a double plum out of the talent grab bag. Maurice Chevalier and Jeanette MacDonald both are aces as Danilo and Sonia. The former Paramount pair once again works beautifully in harness. Supporting players are in chiefly for comedy purposes, and include such expert vets as Edward Everett Horton, George Barbier, Una Merkel, Sterling Holloway and Herman Bing.

1934: Best Interior Decoration (Cedric Gibbons, Frederic Hope)

The Merry Widow

Production

M-G-M. Director Ernst Lubitsch; Producer Ernst Lubitsch; Screenplay Ernest Vajda, Samson Raphaelson; Camera Oliver T. Marsh; Editor Frances Marsh; Music Herbert Stothart (adapt.); Art Director Cedric Gibbons, Frederic Hope

Crew

(B&W) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1934. Running time: 110 MIN.

With

Maurice Chevalier Jeanette MacDonald Edward Everett Horton Una Merkel George Barbier Minna Gombell
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