Bing Crosby Collection - The Emperor Waltz / A Conneticut Yankee DVD|
The Emperor Waltz (Dir. Billy Wilder 1948): A rare musical comedy for Wilder it stars Bing Crosby as Virgil H. Smith a phonograph salesman plying his wares in turn-of-the-20th-century Vienna. Believing that if he's able to sell a phonograph to Emperor Franz Joseph I the rest of Austria will soon follow his example Virgil attempts to gain access to the man. After he's refused admission to the palace by guards who believe the phonograph to be a bomb he meets Countess Johanfrom£11.30 | RRP:
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Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 or region free DVD player in order to play The Emperor Waltz (Dir Billy Wilder 1948) A rare musical comedy for Wilder it stars Bing Crosby as Virgil H Smith a phonograph salesman plying his wares in turn-of-the-20th-century Vienna Believing that if he&39;s able to sell a phonograph to Emperor Franz Joseph I the rest of Austria will soon follow his example Virgil attempts to gain access to the man After he&39;s refused admission to the palace by guards who believe the phonograph to be a bomb he meets Countess Johanna Augusta Franziska (Joan Fontaine) when his mutt gets into a fight with her pedigreed poodle which has just been chosen to mate with that of the emperor and the owners part on bad terms When Virgil again tries to approach the emperor while he&39;s hunting in the Australian Tyrol the vindictive Johanna happens to be present and sees to it that Virgil is deported However the Countess&39; dog Scheherazade soon suffers a nervous breakdown and the attending veterinarian a strict Freudian insists that Virgil&39;s dog must return to re-enact their conflict Except for the witty script by Bracket and Wilder this light confection shot on location in Canada&39;s Jasper National park bears few signs of the director&39;s style A Connecticut Yankee In King Arthur&39;s Court (Dir Tay Garnett 1949) The musical version of Mark Twain&39;s 1889 novel Bing plays a blacksmith who is knocked out and wakes up in the days of King Arthur He is proclaimed a wizard and experiences many knightly adventures Songs crooned include "Busy Doing Nothing" and "Once and For Always" Actors Bing Crosby Joan Fontaine Roland Culver Richard Haydn Lucile Watson Rhonda Fleming William Bendix Cedric Hardwicke & Murvyn Vye Director Billy Wilder & Tay Garnett Certificate Universal Suitable for All Year 1948 ; 1949 Screen Fullscreen 43 Languages English - Dolby Digital (10) Mono Subtitles English for the hard of hearing ; Czech ; Hungarian ; Polish ; Swedish ; Norwegian ; Finnish ; Dutch ; Danish
In 'The Emperor Waltz' (1948) a traveling gramophone salesman Virgil Smith (Bing Crosby) wants to sell his Gramophones in pre-WWI Austria. Toget the ball rolling, he hits on the idea of going straight to the top and selling one to emperor Franz Joseph (Richard Haydn). First off, the palace guards think he is carrying a bomb and he's arrested. He subsequently meets the Countess Johanna von Stolzenberg-Stolzenberg (Joan Fontaine) and, after the usual misunderstandings, falls in love with her. She falls in love with his dog, Buttons. The relation is fraught with obstacles and the Emperor thinks royal blood marrying a commoner is bad darts altogether - what is to become of Smith and his countess? In 'A Connecticut Yankee In King Arthur's Court' (1949), a lowly Connecticut mechanic, Hank Martin (Crosby) bumps his noggin and, in his mind, is sent back to 528 A.D. Britain and the court of King Arthur. His former life as a mechanic stands him well, as he is able to utilize techniques (and humour) that the Arthurians are thousands of years away from getting. Taken under the wing of Sir Sigamore le Desirous (William Bendix), Smith is soon comfortably in love with the King's neice, the beautiful Alesande (Rhonda Fleming). Her fiancée, the dashing Sir Lancelot (Henry Wilcoxon), is understandably miffed and high jinx ensues.
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