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The Merry Widow (1925)

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The Merry Widow
Movie Poster
Country Flag of the United States.jpg United States
Directed by Erich von Stroheim
Release Date August 26, 1925
Language Silent
Studio An Erich von Stroheim Production
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)
Distributor Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)
Main Cast
Character Actor
Sally O'Hara Mae Murray
Prince Danilo Petrovich John Gilbert
Crown Prince Mirko Roy D'Arcy
Queen Milena Josephine Crowell
King Nikita I George Fawcett
Baron Sixtus Sadoja Tully Marshall
Baron Popoff Edward Connelly
Ballroom Dancer Clark Gable

The Merry Widow is the 1925 film adaptation of Franz Lehár's operetta of the same name directed by Erich von Stroheim. The young princes Danilo and Mirko from the kingdom of Monteblanco are eagerly courting the favor of the American revue dancer Sally, who is currently on tour in the small country. She is not easily impressed by the pushy courtship of the two princes. But Danilo is serious. He falls in love with Sally, and she eventually falls in love with him too. But courtly etiquette forbids a marriage that is not in keeping with their station. Disappointed by Danilo, Sally gives in to the advances of the rich Baron Sadoja, whom she happily succeeds shortly afterward, and from then on lives in Paris as "The Merry Widow". Danilo, on the other hand, cannot forget Sally and travels to Paris to win her back.

The following weapons were used in the film The Merry Widow:


Wheellock Pistol

A Wheellock Pistol is seen hanging on a wall of the tavern at the beginning of the movie.

Wheellock Pistol
The pistol is seen from a distant above the three women.
When Sally O'Hara (Mae Murray) and Danilo Petrovich (John Gilbert) enter the tavern, the pistol can be seen closer.

Colt Model 1908

What appears to be a Colt Model 1908 Vest Pocket pistol is used by Crown Prince Mirko (Roy D'Arcy).

Colt Model 1908 Vest Pocket - .25 ACP
Mirko raises his pocket pistol...
...and aims it at an officer's cigarette.
A side view of the pocket pistol which appears to have front and rear sights.
Mirko readies to aim the pistol for the second time.

Collier Revolver

Prince Danilo Petrovich (John Gilbert) and Crown Prince Mirko use what appears to be Collier Flintlock Revolvers during the duel.

Collier Flintlock Revolver - 38 bore bullet
Mirko holds the revolver received from the referee.
Danilo prepares himself to aim his revolver.
Mirko takes aim at Danilo.
The left side is seen.

Unknown Revolver

A beggar is seen with a revolver at the end of the movie.

The beggar spotted his target...
...and starts pointing the revolver at it.


Gras Mle. 1874

Monteblanco soldiers are armed with French Gras Model 1874 rifles.

Fusil Gras Modèle 1874 M80 with Mle. 1874 sword bayonet - 11x59mm Gras
The left soldier carries a Gras rifle.
Another soldier on the left is seen with the rifle.
The same soldier can be seen from the front.
A Gras is seen on the left next to the gate.

Springfield M1903

M1903 Springfield rifles with attached box magazines are also carried by soldiers.

Springfield M1903 Mk 1 - .30-06 Springfield
The right soldier has a Springfield M1903 over his shoulder.

Krag-Jørgensen M1898

The attendant of the coach has a Krag-Jørgensen rifle.

Krag-Jørgensen Model 1898 - .30-40 Krag
The rifle lies on the man's lap. Note the longer barrel and swing swivel mounted on the muzzle band which is a feature of a Krag-Jørgensen.

Machine Guns

Maxim MG 08

A horse carries a Maxim MG08.

Maxim MG 08 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
The MG 08 is carried by the second horse from the left.

Maxim MG 08/15

Two Maxim MG08/15s are also seen transported by horses.

Maxim MG 08/15 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
The black horse transports the MG 08/15.


Canon de 155mm GPF

Canon de 155 Grande Puissance Filloux (GPF) - 155mm

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