MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 10,268 this week

The Emperor Waltz (1948)

 -  Comedy | Musical | Romance  -  2 July 1948 (USA)
6.2
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.2/10 from 891 users  
Reviews: 16 user | 5 critic

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

Director:

0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 26 titles
created 08 May 2013
 
a list of 37 titles
created 03 Jul 2013
 
a list of 25 titles
created 15 Aug 2013
 
a list of 23 titles
created 10 months ago
 
a list of 25 titles
created 6 months ago
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Emperor Waltz (1948)

The Emperor Waltz (1948) on IMDb 6.2/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Emperor Waltz.
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Stalag 17 (1953)
Comedy | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

When two escaping American World War II prisoners are killed, the German POW camp barracks black marketeer, J.J. Sefton, is suspected of being an informer.

Director: Billy Wilder
Stars: William Holden, Don Taylor, Otto Preminger
Sabrina (1954)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A playboy becomes interested in the daughter of his family's chauffeur. But it's his more serious brother who would be the better man for her.

Director: Billy Wilder
Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Audrey Hepburn, William Holden
Musical | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Popular songwriter Oliver Courtney has been getting by for years using one ghost writer for his music and another for his lyrics. When both writers meet at an inn, they fall in love and ... See full summary »

Director: Victor Schertzinger
Stars: Bing Crosby, Mary Martin, Basil Rathbone
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A woman disguises herself as a child to save on a train fare and is taken in charge by an army man who doesn't notice the truth.

Director: Billy Wilder
Stars: Ginger Rogers, Ray Milland, Rita Johnson
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

Leonard Vole is arrested on suspicion of murdering an elderly acquaintance. He employs an experienced but aging barrister as his defense attorney.

Director: Billy Wilder
Stars: Tyrone Power, Marlene Dietrich, Charles Laughton
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Stopped in Mexico by U.S. Immigration, Georges Iscovescu hopes to get into the country by marrying a citizen.

Director: Mitchell Leisen
Stars: Charles Boyer, Olivia de Havilland, Paulette Goddard
Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

An insurance rep lets himself be talked into a murder/insurance fraud scheme that arouses an insurance investigator's suspicions.

Director: Billy Wilder
Stars: Fred MacMurray, Barbara Stanwyck, Edward G. Robinson
Ball of Fire (1941)
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A group of ivory-tower lexicographers realize they need to hear how real people talk, and end up helping a beautiful singer avoid police and escape from the Mob.

Director: Howard Hawks
Stars: Gary Cooper, Barbara Stanwyck, Oskar Homolka
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

An actress becomes an alcoholic after being jilted. She is aided by an Alcoholics Anonymous member with whom she has an affair; however, he is married.

Director: George Stevens
Stars: Joan Fontaine, Ray Milland, Teresa Wright
Comedy | Music | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A crew of young military-school cadets are enjoying their first weekend in Paris. Frank Harrington, a girl-shy cadet, wins the lottery which "They" have organized, an Frank wins the right ... See full summary »

Director: Wilhelm Thiele
Stars: Lew Ayres, Pat Paterson, Peggy Fears
What a Life (1939)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

In the first Henry Aldrich film, Henry (Jackie Cooper) is falsely accused of making trouble at school. He must clear himself.

Director: Theodore Reed
Stars: Jackie Cooper, Betty Field, John Howard
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Jean Stelli
Stars: Georges Marchal, Dany Robin, Lucienne Le Marchand
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
...
Johanna Augusta Franziska
Roland Culver ...
Baron Holenia
Lucile Watson ...
Princess Bitotska
...
Harold Vermilyea ...
Chamberlain
Sig Ruman ...
Dr. Zwieback
Julia Dean ...
Bert Prival ...
Chauffeur
Alma Macrorie ...
Inn Proprietress
Roberta Jonay ...
Chambermaid
John Goldsworthy ...
Obersthofmeister
Edit

Storyline

Traveling Salesman Virgil Smith wants to sell his Grammophones in pre-WWI Austria. To enhance this, he especially wants to sell one to Emperor Franz Joseph, but at first the Austrian palace guards think he is carrying a bomb. He meets the Countess Johanna von Stolzenberg-Stolzenberg and after the usual misunderstandings, falls in love with her, this is especially assisted by his dog Buttons. But the relation between a Countess and an ordinary U.S. citizen cannot work in Austria, that is the Emperor's opinion. Is he wrong ? Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Paramount's Crowning Entertainment Achievement! Bing's Best Songs!


Certificate:

See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

2 July 1948 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Valsa do Imperador  »

Box Office

Budget:

$4,070,248 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The audio to the Emperor Waltz song was used for a Schiller Reel on Saturday Night Live, Dec 17, 1988: "Love is a Dream", featuring Phil Hartman and Jan Hooks, directed by Tom Schiller. See more »

Quotes

Baron Holenia: I am not narrow-minded! I could even forgive him being an American if he belonged to one of those Vander, Astor, uh, Rocker, uh, families. But a Mr. Smith?
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Edith Head: The Paramount Years (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Get Yourself a Phonograph
Music by Jimmy Van Heusen
Lyrics by Johnny Burke
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
surprisingly enjoyable, check it out
5 January 2007 | by (Brussels) – See all my reviews

After having read all the negative reviews and the complaints about Crosby wrecking Wilder's original intention with the film, I was quite amazed to discover that I liked this film a lot. Crosby's interference isn't noticeable, by which I mean that the film has a quite evenhanded tone. And near the end, Crosby is absolutely horrid to Joan Fontaine (cruel to be kind, but he still takes it to extremes) in a cynical way which just smacks of Wilder's black-heartedness. Crosby's character in this film is also somewhat different from his usual persona: not laid-back, but a pushy, brash, fast-talking salesman (Hope or Cagney might have suited the story even better). Joan Fontain is very icy and remote at first (making her unattractive), but she melts very convincingly once the love affair starts. The film is also a sort of a parody of the musical: Crosby's yodelling song is full of yodel jokes, and during THE number of the film (I kiss your hand in dreams madame), a chamber-maid, Fontaine's goofy chauffeur and the middle-aged pudgy 'receptionist' of the inn at which Mr. C is staying launch into a wonderfully silly (deliberately so) ballet routine clearly intended as a stab at the conventions of the genre. The last part of the film becomes less amusing, and the puppy finale drags a bit, though the final confrontation with Franz Joseph (a great Richard Haydn) makes up for the lull. Finally, Fontaine has one of the greatest lines in movie history when she finally surrenders to Crosby: 'My husband was dashing and suave. He was 6'2". He was the most handsome man in all of Austria. You're so different!!' And kiss. Sheer brilliance.


5 of 6 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Bing Crosby's Lighter runningbehindpeace
Discuss The Emperor Waltz (1948) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?