The Merry Widow (1952 film)

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 Merry Widow
Directed byCurtis Bernhardt
Produced byJoe Pasternak
Written byFranz Lehár (operetta)
Victor Léon (libretto)
Leo Stein (libretto)
Sonya Levien
William Ludwig
StarringLana Turner
Fernando Lamas
Music byJay Blackton (uncredited)
CinematographyRobert Surtees
Edited byConrad A. Nervig
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
September 5, 1952 (1952-09-05)
Running time
105 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$4,500,000[1][2]

The film received two Oscar nominations: for Best Art Direction - Set Decoration, Color (Cedric Gibbons, Paul Groesse, Edwin B. Willis, Arthur Krams) and Best Costume Design, Color.[3]


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.



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.[1]


  1. The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study.
  2. See also 'The Top Box Office Hits of 1953', Variety, January 13, 1954 and 'Top Box-Office Hits of 1952', Variety, January 7, 1953
  3. "NY Times: The Merry Widow". NY Times. Retrieved 2008-12-21.

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