The Emperor Waltz (1948) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Emperor Waltz (1948)




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This love story is about an American phonograph salesman and a bankrupt Austrian countess.
Classics , Comedy , Drama , Musical & Performing Arts , Romance
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Bing Crosby
as Virgil Smith
Joan Fontaine
as Johanna Augusta Franziska
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 Stephanie
Harold Vermilyea
as Chamberlain
Roberta Jonay
as Chambermaid
Doris Dowling
as Tyrolean Girl
Harry Allen
as Gamekeeper
Frank Elliott
as Von Usedon
Paul de Corday
as Officer
Jack Gargan
as Master of Ceremonies
Cyril Delevanti
as Diplomat
Franco Corsaro
as Marquis
John W. Goldsworthy
as Obersthofmeister
Bert Prival
as Chauffeur
Alma Macrorie
as Proprietor of Tyrolean Inn
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
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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."

Michael Troudt
Michael Troudt

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. [img][/img] 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! [img][/img] SEE the entire film here: REVIEWS: 60% A brash American gramophone salesman tries to get Emperor Franz Joseph's endorsement in turn-of-the-century Austria. 50% 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. [img][/img] NOTES: 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 [img][/img] Directed by Billy Wilder Produced by Charles Brackett Written by Billy Wilder Charles Brackett Music by Victor Young Cinematography George Barnes Editing by Doane Harrison Studio Paramount Pictures Distributed by Paramount Pictures Release dates July 2, 1948 (USA) Running time 106 minutes [img][/img]

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