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The Merry Widow (1934 film)

The Merry Widow
theatrical release poster
Directed by Ernst Lubitsch
Produced by Irving Thalberg
Ernst Lubitsch
Written by Libretto:
Victor Léon
Leo Stein
Ernest Vajda
Samson Raphaelson
Marcel Achard
(French version)
Starring Maurice Chevalier
Jeanette MacDonald
Music by Franz Lehár
Cinematography Oliver T. Marsh
Edited by Frances Marsh (English)
Adrienne Fazan (French)
Distributed by MGM
Release dates
  • November 2, 1934 (1934-11-02)
Running time
99 minutes
Country United States
Language English
(separate versions)
Budget $1,605,000[1]
Box office $861,000 (Domestic earnings)[1]
$1,747,000 (Foreign earnings)[1]

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 (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.[2]



  1. ^ a b c Turk, Edward Baron "Hollywood Diva: A Biography of Jeanette MacDonald" (University of California Press, 1998)
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