To install click the Add extension button. That's it.

The source code for the WIKI 2 extension is being checked by specialists of the Mozilla Foundation, Google, and Apple. You could also do it yourself at any point in time.

4,5
Kelly Slayton
Congratulations on this excellent venture… what a great idea!
Alexander Grigorievskiy
I use WIKI 2 every day and almost forgot how the original Wikipedia looks like.
Live Statistics
English Articles
Improved in 24 Hours
Added in 24 Hours
What we do. Every page goes through several hundred of perfecting techniques; in live mode. Quite the same Wikipedia. Just better.
.
Leo
Newton
Brights
Milds

The Merry Widow (1925 film)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Merry Widow
The Merry Widow (1925 film).jpg
Directed byErich von Stroheim
Written byErich von Stroheim
Benjamin Glazer
Based onThe Merry Widow
by Franz Lehár
Victor Léon (libretto)
Leo Stein (libretto)
Produced byErich von Stroheim
Irving Thalberg (uncredited)
StarringMae Murray
John Gilbert
Roy D'Arcy
Tully Marshall
CinematographyOliver T. Marsh
William H. Daniels
Edited byFrank E. Hull
Margaret Booth (uncredited)
Music byWilliam Axt (uncredited)
David Mendoza (uncredited)
Franz Lehár (non-original music)
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
August 26, 1925 (1925-08-26)
Running time
137 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)
Budget$592,000[1]
Box office$1.9 million[1]

The Merry Widow is a 1925 American silent romantic drama/black comedy film directed and written by Erich von Stroheim. Released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, the film stars Mae Murray, John Gilbert, Roy D'Arcy, and Tully Marshall,[2][3] with pre-fame uncredited appearances by Joan Crawford and Clark Gable.

The film is based on the Franz Lehár's 1905 operetta of the same name, and was its second film adaptation, the first being a 1918 Hungarian film directed by Michael Curtiz.

While a print of the film still survives, the end sequence shot in two-tone Technicolor is now lost.[4]

Plot

Prince Danilo falls in love with dancer Sally O'Hara. His uncle, King Nikita I of Monteblanco, forbids the marriage because she is a commoner. Thinking she has been jilted by her prince, Sally marries the old and lecherous Baron Sadoja, whose wealth has kept the kingdom afloat. When he dies suddenly, Sally must be wooed all over again by Danilo.

Cast

Uncredited

Selected cast that were uncredited:

Production

Alternate poster.
Alternate poster.

The film was shot over twelve weeks with a budget of $592,000. Filming was tense as Mae Murray and the film's director, Erich von Stroheim, did not get on well. After production, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer decided it could no longer work with the director after he added sexually explicit scenes and changed the operetta's libretto.[5]

Reception

Upon its release, the film was both a critical and box office success. Critics praised Murray's dramatic skills while also noting that von Stroheim had "made an actress out of Miss Murray".[6] The film made a profit of $758,000.[1][7]

Other adaptations

The Merry Widow was adapted for the screen in 1934, 1952, 1962, and 1994.

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study.
  2. ^ Variety film review; September 2, 1925, page 36.
  3. ^ Harrison's Reports film review; September 12, 1925, page 147.
  4. ^ "Cinema", TIME, September 14, 1925
  5. ^ Sullivan, Chris (February 2019). "Erich Von Stroheim". Chap. Spring 2019: 23–27.
  6. ^ Ankerich, Michael G. (2012). Mae Murray: The Girl with the Bee-Stung Lips. University Press of Kentucky. pp. 166–168. ISBN 978-0-813-14038-4.
  7. ^ Scott Eyman, Lion of Hollywood: The Life and Legend of Louis B. Mayer, Robson, 2005 p 99

External links

This page was last edited on 21 July 2021, at 14:53
Basis of this page is in Wikipedia. Text is available under the CC BY-SA 3.0 Unported License. Non-text media are available under their specified licenses. Wikipedia® is a registered trademark of the Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. WIKI 2 is an independent company and has no affiliation with Wikimedia Foundation.