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The Emperor Waltz

The Emperor Waltz(1948)

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Brief Synopsis

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?

Cast & Crew

Billy Wilder Director
Bing Crosby Virgil H. Smith
Joan Fontaine Countess [Johanna Augusta Franziska] von Stoltzenberg-Stolzenberg
Roland Culver Baron Holenia
Lucile Watson Princess Bitotska
Richard Haydn Emperor Franz Joseph
Harold Vermilyea Chamberlain
John Goldsworthy Obersthofmeister
Sig Ruman Doctor Zweiback
Julia Dean Archduchess [Stephanie]
Bert Prival Chauffeur
Alma Macrorie Proprietress of the inn
Roberta Jonay Chambermaid

Additional Details

MPAA Ratings:  Premiere Info:  Hollywood, CA premiere: 26 May 1948
Release Date:  1948 Production Date:  AFI
Color/B&W:  Color (Technicolor) Distributions Co:  Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Sound:  Mono Production Co:  Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Duration(mins):  103 Country:  United States
Duration(feet):  9,522    
Duration(reels):  not available    

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  • You Irresistible Bitch!

    Steve Mac 2012-06-22

    One of Wilder's most irresistible charmers! Veeeeery cute and incredibly beautiful! Immediate negative sparks between Bing and Joan ignite and... MORE>

  • Wonderful Entertainment

    Frank 2011-03-01

    I was working at Radio City Music Hall in July 1948 when this film opened there. It was an instant hit. The crowds were enormous and continued day after... MORE>

  • Maravilhoso

    Sonia 2010-12-15

    Este filme um clssico do diretor Billy Wilder . O filme uma comdia que mistura romance e musical. Tem um estilo prprio muito sofisticado. O roteiro ... MORE>