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The Emperor Waltz (1948)

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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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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)  »

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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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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

Chamberlain: You're a nihilist - that's what you are!
Virgil Smith: I am not! I'm a Presbyterian!
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Referenced in Edith Head: The Paramount Years (2002) See more »

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Friendly Mountains
based on Austrian yodel songs (uncredited)
Lyrics by Johnny Burke
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A delight-surprise
7 January 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

What a nice delightful film this turned out to be. I'm in my musical phase of movies, and while this really cannot be classified as a true "musical", it does have a couple on nice songs and a short dance sequence. I guess you could classify this as a "quasi-musical". Anyway, the story is fun with the typical Billy Wilder political overtones that do not detract from the plot line. The scenery is great, as is Bing Crosby and Richard Haydin. Joan Fontaine is fine in what is asked of her. The real stars are the two dogs. Their scenes are delightful, as is the film. While there is a tad of dramatics at the end, it all turns out fine as expected. Would have like to have the fade-out of the two dogs cuddling up. See this one for a royal treat.


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