The Emperor Waltz
The Emperor Waltz (1948)

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

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1948
DVD Release Date: July 13, 1994
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Critic Score: 63% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

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.

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Emanuel Levy

Not one of Billy Wilder's strong films, this bizarre period musical teams the director with crooner Bing Crosby, who's pleasant enough and some of the tunes are medlodic.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Lackluster and hardly interesting.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

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.

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Steve Crum

Definitely colorful, but otherwise mediocre Bing Crosby musical with few memorable tunes.


There are so few bad Wilder films that one this awful and irredeemable is heart-breaking.

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Time Out

Generally reckoned to be Wilder's worst movie.

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TV Guide

This is a charming musical from Billy Wilder and Charles Brackett, two of the best screenwriters ever.

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