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The Emperor Waltz (1948)

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Budget $4,070,248

Running Time
1 hour, 46 minutes

Country USA

Studio Paramount

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• The Emperor Waltz

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Genre: Romance, Comedy, Musical, Love

Plot: A rare musical comedy for Wilder, it stars Bing Crosby as Virgil H. Smith, a phonograph salesman, plying his wares in turn-of-the-20th-century Vienna. Believing that if he's able to sell a phonograph to Emperor Franz Joseph I, the rest of Austria will soon follow his example, Virgil attempts to gain access to the man. After he's refused admission to the palace by guards who believe the phonograph to be a bomb, he meets Countess Johanna Augusta Franziska (Joan Fontaine), when his mutt gets into a fight with her pedigreed poodle, which has just been chosen to mate with that of the emperor, and the owners part on bad terms. When Virgil again tries to approach the emperor, while he's hunting in the Australian Tyrol, the vindictive Johanna happens to be present, and sees to it that Virgil is deported. However, the Countess' dog, Scheherazade, soon suffers a nervous breakdown and the attending veterinarian, a strict Freudian, insists that Virgil's dog must return to re-enact their conflict. Except for the witty script by Bracket and Wilder, this light confection, shot on location in Canada's Jasper National park, bears few signs of the director's style.

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 Directed by
Billy Wilder
Some Like It Hot, Sunset Blvd., Double Indemnity
 Written by
Charles Brackett
Sunset Blvd., The Lost Weekend, Ninotchka
Billy Wilder
Sabrina, Ball of Fire, A Song Is Born
Bing Crosby
White Christmas, High Society, That's Entertainment!
Joan Fontaine
Rebecca, Suspicion, Gunga Din
Roland Culver
Thunderball, The Legend of Hell House, The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp
Lucile Watson
The Women, Song of the South, Mr. & Mrs. Smith
Richard Haydn
Young Frankenstein, The Sound of Music, Alice in Wonderland
Harold Vermilyea
Gentleman's Agreement, Sorry, Wrong Number, The Big Clock
Sig Ruman
Stalag 17, A Night at the Opera, To Be or Not to Be
 Music By
Victor Young
The Quiet Man, Shane, Around the World in Eighty Days

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