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The Emperor Waltz (1948)

 -  Comedy | Musical | Romance  -  2 July 1948 (USA)
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A brash American gramophone salesman tries to get Emperor Franz Joseph's endorsement in turn-of-the-century Austria.

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

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2 July 1948 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Valsa do Imperador  »

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$4,070,248 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on September 26, 1949 with Bing Crosby reprising his film role. See more »

Quotes

Emperor Franz-Josef: [about Virgil] We both agreed that with him you had only one chance in a million to be happy
Johanna Augusta Franziska: Your majesty thinks that I am happy? Isn't one chance in a million better than no chance at all?
Emperor Franz-Josef: My dear, you are much to pretty for mathematics.
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Soundtracks

Friendly Mountains
based on Austrian yodel songs (uncredited)
Lyrics by Johnny Burke
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Lighthearted, charming musical with Austrian flavor and canine subplot
26 March 2001 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This is a film you needn't strain your thinking on but it's a charming confection all the same. If you like Bing's easygoing style then there's lots to enjoy here. I was captivated by the superb photography of the mountains and local scenery, and being musical myself, very much appreciated the violin selections that were played. All the scenes are replete with gorgeous settings and costumes and Ms Fontaine is as exquisite as ever. I was intrigued by those 'horseless carriages' -- the vintage cars from the turn of the century. Personally I don't care to look for faults but just come to sit and appreciate the movie for what it has to offer, which is light entertainment with a happy ending -- a time of simple enjoyment.


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