(separate versions) WriterVictor Leon, Leo Stein, Ernest Vajda, Samson Raphaelson, Marcel Achard Release dateNovember 2, 1934 (1934-11-02) Music directorFranz Lehar, Richard Rodgers, Herbert Stothart CastMaurice Chevalier (Count Danilo), Jeanette MacDonald (Madame Sonia / Fifi), Edward Everett Horton (Ambassador Popoff), Una Merkel (Queen Dolores), George Barbier (King Achmet) Similar moviesRelated Ernst Lubitsch movies
The merry widow 1934 trailer
The Merry Widow is a 1934 film adaptation of the operetta of the same name by Franz Lehár. It was directed and produced by Ernst Lubitsch and starred Maurice Chevalier and Jeanette MacDonald. A French-language version was produced at the same time and released in France the same year as La Veuve joyeuse.
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.
Awards and honors
Cedric Gibbons and Fredric Hope won the Academy Award for Best Art Direction.
The film is recognized by American Film Institute in these lists: