The Emperor Waltz (1948) was a Comedy - Musical Film directed by Billy Wilder and produced by Charles Brackett.
Crosby plays a phonograph salesman plying his wares - romantic and musical - in the Viennese court of Franz Joseph. He sees an opportunity to show his stuff to the royal household by wooing a countess (Fontaine in her accustomed regal mode); love prevails over commerce. Curiously workman-like script from normally hard-boiled types Wilder and Brackett.
(Source: available at Amazon AMC Classic Movie Companion)..
Academy Awards 1948 --- Ceremony Number 21 (source: AMPAS)
|Best Costume Design||Edith Head, Gile Steele||Nominated|
|Best Music - Scoring||Victor Young||Nominated|
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Dr. Zwieback: Yes, that's the way to look at it. Come spring and we can count on another litter.
Emperor Franz-Josef: [sadly] Hmmm... the question is - can I count on another spring?
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.
Chamberlain: You're a nihilist - that's what you are!
Virgil Smith: I am not! I'm a Presbyterian!
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The film takes place in the Alps but was actually filmed at Jasper National Park in Canada. Billy Wilder spent $20,000 to have pine trees sent from California and planted on location because he was not satisfied with the Canadian pine trees; he also planted 4,000 daisies that were painted blue because he felt white daisies did not photograph well.
The song "The Kiss In Your Eyes" was given new words and a new name and became a popular hit for several artists in the late 1940s under the title of "Suddenly".
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