The Emperor Waltz Overview:

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.

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Academy Awards 1948 --- Ceremony Number 21 (source: AMPAS)

Best Costume DesignEdith Head, Gile SteeleNominated
Best Music - ScoringVictor YoungNominated

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When Joan was a Countess: The Emperor Waltz

By Virginie Pronovost on Jun 4, 2016 From The Wonderful World of Cinema

As a little girl, I wanted to be a princess and be married to a policeman (a policeman, not a prince). That would have been the ideal life for me. But, of course, I grew up and made wiser decisions. Because being a princess doesn’t only involve wearing beautiful dresses and being rich, but als... Read full article

Billy Wilder Blogathon: "Rhythm on the River" and "The Emperor Waltz"

By Caftan Woman on Jun 19, 2015 From Caftan Woman

Billy Wilder June 22, 1906 - March 27, 2002 Those "Girls Gone Wilder", Kellee (Outspoken and Freckled) and Aurora (Once Upon a Screen), are hosting a birthday party/blogathon in honour of the inestimable Billy Wilder on June 22nd. I want to bring a little music to the festivities. BILLY WILDER... Read full article

Bing's Birthday Movie: The Emperor Waltz (1948)

By Caftan Woman on May 3, 2012 From Caftan Woman

We have once again come to that rolling time of the year when this corner of the internet celebrates Bing Crosby's birthday. There has long been confusion about the date. According to biographer Gary Giddins, Harry and Kate Crosby's fourth son was born on May 3rd, 1903. The proud parents had the ... Read full article

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Quotes from

Baron Holenia: [optimistically] In this, our moment of sorrow, I venture to offer some consolation. There will be other days. She'll give us some puppies yet.
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?

Isabella: Who is he?
Elderly nobleman: The most vulgar, impossible, obnoxious, ill-mannered...
Princess Bitotska: In one word, he's an American!

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.

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Facts about

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".
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.
One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since.
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