The Emperor Waltz: Kobal Collection
Steve Daly
June 06, 2003 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Emperor Waltz

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
performer
Bing Crosby, Joan Fontaine
director
Billy Wilder
genre
musical, Romance

We gave it a B

Can a master of sauerbraten pull off a linzer torte? Not really, but it’s great fun to watch The Emperor Waltz writer-director Billy Wilder (with scripting partner Charles Brackett) try his hand at an Ernst Lubitsch-esque slice of Technicolored musical frippery. You won’t always believe Joan Fontaine’s Austrian countess could find Bing Crosby’s brash but droopy-eyed gramophone salesman sexy (they banter naughtily as their respectively highborn and lowborn pet pooches get it on), but even a half-baked Wilder-Brackett pastry is worth savoring. Bonus: It’s double-billed on this new DVD edition with Crosby’s crooning in ”A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court.”

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