The Emperor Waltz (1948) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Emperor Waltz (1948)




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Movie Info

This love story is about an American phonograph salesman and a bankrupt Austrian countess.


Bing Crosby
as Virgil Smith
Joan Fontaine
as Johanna Augusta Franziska
Richard Haydn
as Emperor Franz-Josef
Lucile Watson
as Princess Bitotska
Roland Culver
as Baron Holenia
Sig Rumann
as Dr. Zwieback
Julia Dean
as Archduchess Stephanie
Harold Vermilyea
as Chamberlain
Roberta Jonay
as Chambermaid
Doris Dowling
as Tyrolean Girl
Harry Allen
as Gamekeeper
Frank Elliott
as Von Usedon
Jack Gargan
as Master of Ceremonies
John W. Goldsworthy
as Obersthofmeister
Bert Prival
as Chauffeur
Alma Macrorie
as Proprietor of Tyrolean Inn
Gerald Mohr
as Marques Alonso
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Critic Reviews for The Emperor Waltz

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (3)

Multiple functions of Charles Brackett and Billy Wilder on Waltz have given film an infectious quality that surmounts the gorgeously apt trappings against which is projected the fable of an American travelling phonograph salesman.

August 14, 2007 | Full Review…

Brackett and Wilder have made up with casualness and charm -- and with a great deal of clever sight-humor -- for the meagerness of the idea.

March 25, 2006 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Generally reckoned to be Wilder's worst movie.

January 26, 2006 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The Emperor Waltz is certainly a worthwhile sit, if only to appreciate the bracing Wilderian satire at the core of the outwardly silly narrative.

August 24, 2021 | Rating: B | Full Review…

A pastel comedy that presents two dangers disguised as virtue: that of conservatism and that of progress. [Full Review in Spanish]

August 14, 2019 | Full Review…

Brackett and Wilder get their effect by combining a free-for-all farcical story with formal magnificence in setting, and costume.

March 15, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Emperor Waltz

A work so slight so as to nearly anger one with the gall of it's presumptions and yet the charisma of its main participants do manage to engage and, indeed, to charm. Crosby is a Yank abroad who runs into a bankrupt royale and sparks fly despite position. Joan Fontaine is especially surprising, even though you'll wonder if the featured animals aren't doing the main heavy lifting.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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