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The Emperor Waltz (1948)

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

Director:

Billy Wilder
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bing Crosby ... Virgil Smith
Joan Fontaine ... Johanna Augusta Franziska
Roland Culver ... Baron Holenia
Lucile Watson ... Princess Bitotska
Richard Haydn ... Emperor Franz-Josef
Harold Vermilyea ... Chamberlain
Sig Ruman ... Dr. Zwieback
Julia Dean ... Archduchess Stephanie
Bert Prival Bert Prival ... Chauffeur
Alma Macrorie Alma Macrorie ... Inn Proprietress
Roberta Jonay Roberta Jonay ... Chambermaid
John Goldsworthy 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

2 July 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Valsa do Imperador See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,070,248 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Bing Crosby and Richard Haydn also worked together in 1950's Mr. Music. See more »

Quotes

Baron Holenia: The Hungarian officer playing cards... that's Prince Istvan Barlossy de Baloshasa.
Johanna Augusta Franziska: Hmmm... I met him in Budapest. Didn't like him very much.
Baron Holenia: Nonsense! Since then he's inherited half of Buda and a large part of Pest.
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Referenced in Edith Head: The Paramount Years (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

The Kiss in Your Eyes
Music by Richard Heuberger (uncredited)
English Lyrics by Johnny Burke
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A delight-surprise
7 January 2008 | by ryancmSee 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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