Cinema: The New Pictures: Oct. 22, 1934

The Merry Widow (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer) is the third and by far the best cinema version of Franz Lehar's famed operetta. The first was a two-reel monstrosity in which the late Alma Rubens and Wallace Reid performed in 1912. In 1925 Erich von Stroheim directed Mae Murray and John Gilbert in the second. Cinemaddicts who have seen all three are likely to find the current version, directed by Ernst Lubitsch, as far superior to the second as the second was to the first. Only the most captious critics could find any fault with a picture which...

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