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"The Merry Widow" (1925)

Cast: Mae Murray,John Gilbert,Roy D'Arcy,Josephine Crowell,George Fawcett,Tully Marshall,Edward Connelly,Joan Crawford/Extra(uncredited),Clark Gable/Extra/Ballroom Dancing Extra(uncredited)

Release date - August 26, 1925 (New York City premiere)

Running time - 10 reels

Directed by - Erich von Stroheim

Writing Credits - Eric Von Stroheim and Benjamin Glazer (screenplay)

Producer - Erich von Stroheim

Cinematographer - Oliver T. Marsh

Studio - MGM - Black and White - Silent

Box Office Figures for "The Merry Widow": N/A


Movie Synopsis

Prince Danilo (John Gilbert) wants to take, Sally O'Hara (Mae Murray) for his wife, however, his uncle, King Nikita (George Fawcett) forbids him to marry a commoner. In desperation, Sally (Mae Murray) marries the old and crusty, Baron Sadoja (Tully Marshall), but their union is short lived when he up and dies. Now that Sally (Mae Murray) is left with Baron Sadjoa's (Tully Marshall) fortune, Prince Danilo (John Gilbert) tries his best to woo her back into his arms for a second chance at love.

Interesting Trivia

This is technically Joan and Clark Gable's first film together. They were both uncredited extras.

The film was remade three times after Joan's (uncredited) 1925 version - The Merry Widow (1934) with Jeanette MacDonald and Maurice Chevalier, The Merry Widow (1952) with Lana Turner and Fernando Lamas and the German version, Die Lustige Witwe (1962). The film (Joan's version) had a production cost of $592,000 but did quite nicely at the box office, earning an impressive $758,000 in profit.

Inflation worth in 2007: $8,857,971.43 profit!


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