WriterFranz Lehar, Victor Leon, Leo Stein, Sonya Levien, William Ludwig Release dateSeptember 5, 1952 (1952-09-05) CastLana Turner (Crystal Radek), Fernando Lamas (Count Danilo), Una Merkel (Kitty Riley), Richard Haydn (Baron Popoff), Thomas Gomez (King of Marshovia), John Abbott (Ambassador) ScreenplaySonya Levien, William Ludwig Similar moviesThe Prisoner of Zenda, In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale, The Little Mermaid, Shrek the Third, Stardust, A Little Chaos
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The Merry Widow is a 1952 film adaptation of the operetta of the same name by Franz Lehár. It starred Lana Turner (singing voice was dubbed by Trudy Erwin) and Fernando Lamas.
The film received two Academy Award nominations: for Best Art Direction - Set Decoration, Color (Cedric Gibbons, Paul Groesse, Edwin B. Willis, Arthur Krams) and Best Costume Design, Color.
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The young widow Crystal Radek is invited to Marshovia, a small European kingdom, to attend the unveiling of a statue in honour of her deceased husband. The royal coffers are seriously in need of her money so the king sends out count Danilo to seduce her.
Lana Turner as Crystal Radek
Fernando Lamas as Count Danilo
Una Merkel as Kitty Riley. Merkel played Queen Dolores in the 1934 film version.
Richard Haydn as Baron Popoff
Thomas Gomez as the King of Marshovia
John Abbott as the Marshovian ambassador
Marcel Dalio as the police sergeant
According to MGM records the film made $2,232,000 in the US and Canada and $2,268,000 overseas resulting in a profit of $27,000.