The Merry Widow (1952)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  

USA, 1952.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by , , based on the operetta by , .  Cinematography by .  Produced by Joe Pasternak.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons, Paul Groesse.  Costume Design by Helen Rose, .  Film Editing by .  

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.

Academy Award Nominations:  Best Art Direction-Colour; Best Costume Design-Colour

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