Though shot in glorious color, this version of Franz Lehar's classic operetta paled when compared to Ernst Lubitsch's brilliant 1934 black-and-white version. New lyrics by Paul Francis Webster and a reworked screenplay did nothing to enhance the story, though plenty was spent on the
production and it did garner two Oscar nominations: Best Art Direction/Set Decoration and Best Costumes. Crystal Radek (Lana Turner), the widow of a Marshovian blacksmith who immigrated to the US and amassed a huge fortune, is invited to her late husband's impoverished homeland to dedicate a
statue to him. This is a ploy devised by the king (Thomas Gomez), who assigns the suave Count Da...