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The Emperor Waltz

The Emperor Waltz (1948)

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Set in pre-World War I Austria, this relatively sweet and cheerful film marks writer/director Billy Wilder's first and last try at musical comedy. Bing Crosby is Virgil H. Smith, a New Jersey-born phonograph salesman with a fox terrier mutt and orders to sell record players in Austria. Joan Fontaine is Johanna Augusta Franziska von Stoltzenberg-Stolzenberg, a countess with a bankrupt father and a black pedigree poodle that has just been picked to breed with the Austrian Emperor's (Richard Haydn)

Jul 13, 1994

Paramount

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Multiple functions of Charles Brackett and Billy Wilder on Waltz have given film an infectious quality that surmounts the gorgeously apt trappings against which is projected the fable of an American travelling phonograph salesman.

August 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety
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Brackett and Wilder have made up with casualness and charm -- and with a great deal of clever sight-humor -- for the meagerness of the idea.

March 25, 2006 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Generally reckoned to be Wilder's worst movie.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Not one of Billy Wilder's strong films, this bizarre period musical teams the director with crooner Bing Crosby, who's pleasant enough and some of the tunes are medlodic.

January 11, 2011 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
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Definitely colorful, but otherwise mediocre Bing Crosby musical with few memorable tunes.

January 10, 2009
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This is a charming musical from Billy Wilder and Charles Brackett, two of the best screenwriters ever.

August 14, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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Lackluster and hardly interesting.

March 15, 2007 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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There are so few bad Wilder films that one this awful and irredeemable is heart-breaking.

May 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4
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