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)
Jan 1, 1948 Wide
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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.
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.
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.
Definitely colorful, but otherwise mediocre Bing Crosby musical with few memorable tunes.
This is a charming musical from Billy Wilder and Charles Brackett, two of the best screenwriters ever.
There are so few bad Wilder films that one this awful and irredeemable is heart-breaking.
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