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The Emperor Waltz (1948)

The Emperor Waltz




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Movie Info

This love story is about an American phonograph salesman and a bankrupt Austrian countess.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Romance, Musical & Performing Arts, Classics, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Charles Brackett, Billy Wilder
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 13, 1994


Bing Crosby
as Virgil Smith
Joan Fontaine
as Johanna Augusta Fran...
Richard Haydn
as Emperor Franz-Josef
Lucile Watson
as Princess Bitotska
Roland Culver
as Baron Holenia
Sig Rumann
as Dr. Zwieback
Julia Dean
as Archduchess Stephani...
Harold Vermilyea
as Chamberlain
Roberta Jonay
as Chambermaid
Doris Dowling
as Tyrolean Girl
Harry Allen
as Gamekeeper
Frank Elliott
as Von Usedon
Jack Gargan
as Master of Ceremonies
John W. Goldsworthy
as Obersthofmeister
Bert Prival
as Chauffeur
Alma Macrorie
as Proprietor of Tyrole...
Gerald Mohr
as Marques Alonso
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Critic Reviews for The Emperor Waltz

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (3)

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.

Full Review… | August 14, 2007
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Generally reckoned to be Wilder's worst movie.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | January 11, 2011

Definitely colorful, but otherwise mediocre Bing Crosby musical with few memorable tunes.

January 10, 2009

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

Full Review… | August 14, 2007
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Audience Reviews for The Emperor Waltz

Billy Wilder wrote and directed this Bing Crosby musicomedy, which features lovely Technicolor photography; unfortunately, the satire isn't always on target and the comedy often falls flat. Bing sings "I Kiss Your Hand, Madame."


2 Oscar nominatations. Light and amusing canine romance?
No, but two pets bring these vastly different people together, one an Austrian princess and the other? The other is Bing Crosby as a fast talking American salesman that runs circles around the stuffy Austrian Emperor's upper class snobs. Directed by Billy Wilder.


It's a hoot and a toot and a singing triumph as this light romantic comedy will make your day if not your dog's. Billy Wilder's first and last musical comedy, but this is not a musical much at all, just a few tunes sung by Bing.

See Crosby swoon his way into a stubborn Austrian royalty's heart. She's a widow that thinks the world is composed of only two types, the low class and her upper class. Boy, is SHE in for a suprise!


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A brash American gramophone salesman tries to get Emperor Franz Joseph's endorsement in turn-of-the-century Austria.

definitely the worst film i've seen in billy wilder's catalog. there's still some good stuff in here, but over all it's just an okay picture.



1 Wilder later confessed, "The picture didn't come out what I wanted ... I was looking back at my childhood in Austria-waltzes, Tyrolean hats, cream puffs-shutting out what came later," a reference to the war-torn Vienna he visited prior to the film's start.

2 "Bing Crosby operated for himself, not for the group or the film," Wilder recalled. "He was a big star, the biggest, and he thought he knew what was good for him."

3 $20,000 to have pines shipped from California and planted on location because Wilder was unhappy with the look of the native trees. He also planted 4,000 white daisies dyed blue so they would photograph better.

4 leading lady Joan Fontaine, who later recalled, "Crosby wasn't very courteous to me ... There was never the usual costar rapport. I was a star at that time, but he treated me like he'd never heard of me." The singer tended to ignore his director as well.

[img][/img] Blame it all on the dogs

Bing Crosby as Virgil Smith
Joan Fontaine as Countess Johanna Augusta Franziska
Roland Culver as Baron Holenia
Lucile Watson as Princess Bitotska
Richard Haydn as Emperor Franz Joseph
Sig Ruman as Dr. Zwieback
Harold Vermilyea as Chamberlain
Julia Dean as Archduchess Stephanie
Bert Prival as Chauffeur
Alma Macrorie as Inn Proprietress
Roberta Jonay as Chambermaid
John Goldsworthy as Obersthofmeister


Directed by
Billy Wilder

Produced by
Charles Brackett

Written by
Billy Wilder
Charles Brackett

Music by
Victor Young

George Barnes

Editing by
Doane Harrison

Paramount Pictures

Distributed by
Paramount Pictures

Release dates
July 2, 1948 (USA)

Running time
106 minutes


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