Merry Widow, The (1952): Remake Starring Lana Turner

Based on an operetta by Franz Lehar, this remake of the 1934 originals stars Lana Turner as Sonia, the wealthy widow, who returns to her husband’s native land to dedicate a memorial to him.

The king (Thomas Gomez) of the country tries to convince her to stay by offering a young Prince Danilo (Fernando Lamas) for her to marry.

The lead actors are dubbed, but the production is nice to look at due to Technicolor cinematography of Robert Surtees and art direction and costume design.

Oscar Nominations:

The film received two Oscar nominations for Best Art Direction/Set Decoration and Best Costumes.

Oscar Awards:

The winner of the Art Direction and Costume Design Oscars was John Huston’s Moulin Rougle.

Running time: 105 minutes.

Directed by Curtis Bernhardt

Released: September 5, 1952

DVD:  May 26, 1993