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Hollywood "does"The Widow
I was only 12 when this released, but I remember my Metro Musical fan mates and I saw it at the Metro Collins St. in Melbourne, Australia.I knew much of the score even then and while being unaware of the multiple rearrangements of solos, I remember being charmed by the music which has been re-arranged beautifully and given that the audio is an optical analogue sound track, it's a passingly good reproduction of the studio sound, even though it would have been great to hear that big band it stereo 5.1 glory!The Widow looks quite superb as does all the costuming. MGM at it's lavish best. Set design too. She doesn't actually sing, apart from 8 bars in The Waltz, so all her famous arias go to Danilo, including Vilja!!The original plot, a lash-up at best, has been totally re-written into another lash up, but, no matter, it's the look of the film which counts here.It's worth commenting on the wonderful Michael Kidd's pervasive influence as choreographer. The famous Merry Widow Waltz sequence has not been bettered for fluency, charm of execution and direction for singing camera shots which are dazzling to watch. All the dancer are actually dancing in step to the music as well!!This is one for aficionados of the Old MGM just for the sheer extravagance of it all!
okeedokee if you've nothing else planned...
- el debbo
Kind of nice to watch these 2 beautiful people being attracted, pulling away, being attracted, pulling away, and then, boy, does THAT get old! Anyhow, plot aside, it's a very pretty movie, with lovely sets and costumes, and the dancing Lana and Fernando did was awesome. I could watch them twirl for hours!
Why Lana glows, only Fernando knows.
History tells us that Lana and Fernando"hit it off" during the making of this film, which may explain both her "glow' and her easy way with light comedy, not usually her forte. The film is a lightweight retelling of a familiar story, but the "chemistry"of the two stars and some able support from the rest of the cast helps make this a charmer, not quite on the level of 'The Swan" or "The Prince and the Showgirl", but fun and engaging. The casting of Lana is somewhat of a surprise, since this follows so closely on the heels of "Mr. Imperium", a real stinker which also featured Lana as an American under the spell of European royalty, in that case Ezio Pinza. Fernando Lamas was a much better match for our Lana and the result speaks for itself.
The Merry Widow (1952 version with Lana Turner
- marion cohen
The music of Franz Lehar is wonderful. This is a delightful story to just entertain and enoy the music, costumes, sets, and actors. It will be refreshing next to all the realistic films in one's film library. Will gladly purchase this DVD for my collection.
Please release this film!
- Sonia Cook
I was channel surfing one day and I happened to see a beautiful woman and so I pressed the info button and it said the actress name was Lana Turner and the movie was called The Merry Widower. I called my mother and asked her about this move. Mom said Lana was a dying breed that they didn't make movies like that anymore and that she was so beautiful. I agree! I enjoyed the movie so much, I regret I didn't tape it that day.