Hummmm....No One Here!!!


Saw this twice the other week on TCM....I couldn't believe how much I liked it.

"One who judges another strictly by the other's age is certainly the more foolish of the two.

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I just watched it on YouTube and didn't like it nearly as much as The Smiling Lieutenant but it was good enough. I'd buy the DVD if it were available.

Oh, I just realized I'm replying to a 2 year old thread. This board is dead. Most of Lubitsch's are. Why?

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Some day people will get back into these movies. We have a theater downtown where
they play movies like this, and I love it. The movies are so different, and many are so
much better than the stuff that comes out today, and at the very least different in a good
and interesting way.

Lubitsch is a genius, his movies are great, but I don't think he was treated so well by
Americans because of the red scare and all that. I'm thinking he left the US after the
war and went back to Europe. His movies are classics.

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Uh, no, you've got all your facts wrong. Lubitsch died in 1947 in Hollywood while working on a Betty Grable musical. He never went back to Europe after the War except to visit. He was never a victim of the "Red Scare" and was highly respected and admired in the U.S. as easily the finest romantic comedy director in movie history. You are right about one thing: his movies are classics.

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Oh, I just realized I'm replying to a 2 year old thread. This board is dead. Most of Lubitsch's are. Why?


Well, in the case of this particular film, it hasn't been released on DVD. Which means that, outside of a screening by TCM or a film festival, few people can ever hope to see it. And films that don't get seen much don't get talked about much.

If you're interested in getting a DVD, an eBay search yields a couple of results. The discs are on the cheap side, too, with one going for $9.99 and the other going for $10, with free shipping. The catch is that the sellers are in China and the discs are billed as "Official Asian releases" in both listings.

(Whether or not they are, of course, is something I'll leave for you to decide.)

At the very least, I'm surprised that this film hasn't been included on some kind of Lubitsch DVD box set. A lot of otherwise obscure films make it to DVD that way. I'm not quite sure where The Merry Widow falls in the pantheon of Jeanette McDonald films, though, so I don't know if that will ever happen.


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Here is something regarding the state of this film on DVD from a chat from the Home Theatre Forum website:

<Roddick> Is there any developments in releasing the MacDonald/Eddy operettas (and also the Merry Widow)? And what about early Cagney movies (Taxi and Blonde Crazy always come to my mind)?

<warnerbros> We are evaluating film elements on the Nelson & Jeanette films.....the MGM B&W nitrate situation is always a hinderance...happy to report we confirmed that the original negative to the 1934 MERRY WIDOW did NOT burn in the Eastman House fire and hope to restore that Lubitsch masterpiece soon! Early Cagneys to follow in Warner Archive collection shortly!

The Merry Widow release may be tied with the release of the Nelson Eddy musicals and that may be the cause of the delay. Also, they probably want to release the uncut version. I had read that the Hayes Office supposedly cut parts they found objectionable from the film's original negative. The VHS release was the cut version while the one you see on TCM is the uncut version. It would be great if they included the French version of this film as well when it is released. The French version has been shown on French television sometime in the 80s.

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I'm currently watching this for the 1st time and enjoying it. I seen 5 other Lubitsch films prior to this. The Student Prince In Old Heidelberg, Design For Living, Ninotchka, The Shop Around The Corner, and Heaven Can Wait.

Think about the first time you got laid. You just gotta go: Daddy are you sure this is right?

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I think it would make a superb Criterion selection, since they've done other Lubitsch films. I found it really delightful and charming, as I find all of Chevalier's films from this period; lavish, witty and perfectly cast. The Lubitsch touch could not be improved on!

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