The Merry Widow (1934 film)

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The Merry Widow
The Merry Widow (1934) poster.jpg
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 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • 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 (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[edit]

Cedric Gibbons and Fredric Hope won the Academy Award for Best Art Direction.[2]

The film is recognized by American Film Institute in these lists:



  1. ^ a b c Turk, Edward Baron "Hollywood Diva: A Biography of Jeanette MacDonald" (University of California Press, 1998)
  2. ^ "The Merry Widow". New York Times. Retrieved 2008-12-07. 
  3. ^ "AFI's Greatest Movie Musicals Nominees" (PDF). Retrieved 2016-08-13. 

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