The Merry Widow (1952)

CURTIS BERNHARDT

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1952.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by , , based on the operetta by , .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Production Design by , .  Costume Design by , .  Film Editing by .  Academy Awards 1952.  

Lana Turner in The Merry Widow.

The worst version of the popular operetta is this musical comedy that plays like a turgid soap opera.   is badly miscast as the widow of a Marshovian nobleman who is wooed and romanced by a fellow countryman () in order to secure her small, fictitious country’s meager fortune. Most of the songs have been cut out to accommodate Turner’s inability to sing, the few she has are dubbed, and the rest are halfheartedly sung by the remaining cast. The sets and costumes couldn’t look better, and this story definitely deserved to be in colour all along, but this particular production is a bomb.

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