THE MERRY WIDOW
1934, Warner Bros., 99 min, USA, Dir: Ernst Lubitsch

Director Ernst Lubitsch reunites his LOVE PARADE stars Maurice Chevalier and Jeanette MacDonald for this effervescent adaptation of Franz Lehar’s operetta. When the kingdom of Marshovia teeters on insolvency, a playboy is asked to marry a wealthy widow and keep her fortune from leaving the country. Both English and French language versions of this musical comedy were shot simultaneously; the American release earned an Oscar for Art Direction


SAN FRANCISCO
1936, Warner Brothers, 115 min, Dir: W.S. Van Dyke

Clark Gable, Spencer Tracy and Jeanette MacDonald star in this lavish MGM production scripted by Anita Loos, a prime example of the studio system at its finest. An out-of-work singer (MacDonald) and a priest (Tracy) join forces to try to reform saloon owner Gable, but history intervenes in the form of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. The spectacular finale is still a wonder to behold.


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