Second Takes — Billy Wilder

May 24, 1948, Billy Wilder, Emperor Waltz

Coming soon: "The Emperor Waltz," May 24, 1948.


Later appraisals of Billy Wilder's career dismiss "The Emperor Waltz" as a footnote, blaming bad chemistry between Wilder and Bing Crosby. Years before making "Waltz," Wilder said he wanted to do a musical to avoid being typecast. It was billed as a frothy romantic comedy and that's how Edwin Schallert described it in his review.

May 27, 1948, Billy Wilder, Emperor Waltz

May 27, 1948: " 'The Emperor Waltz' has the rather pleasing quality of seeming to kid itself along, and I can't imagine that either Mr. Brackett or Mr. Wilder ever took what they did too seriously."
Dec. 26, 1948, Realism in Films

Realism in Films, Dec. 26, 1948

Dec. 26, 1948, Realism in Films

Realism in Films, Dec. 26, 1948

Dec. 26, 1948: Philip K. Scheuer takes a look at the year's films, what we consider today the prime of film noir: "The Naked City," "Street With No Name," "He Walks by Night" and "Kiss the Blood Off My Hands." He dismisses "The Emperor Waltz" and "A Foreign Affair": "The impeccable Brackett taste had likewise evaporated from his (and Billy Wilder's) "The Emperor Waltz" (love me, love my dog) and "A Foreign Affair" (fun among the Nazis), despite certain scattered merits in each."

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