Connecticut Yankee in King Arthurs Court/Emperor Waltz

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Two Bing Crosby classics, A CONNECTICUT YANKEE IN KING ARTHUR'S COURT and THE EMPEROR WALTZ, on one DVD.

A CONNECTICUT YANKEE IN KING ARTHUR'S COURT: Bing Crosby stars in this light and lively musical version of Mark Twain's timeless comedy. Der Bingle is a turn-of-the-century blacksmith who is knocked unconscious only to awaken in sixth-century Camelot.

But thanks to some American know-how, the crooner is quickly hailed as a wiz of a wizard and granted the right to teach Rhonda Fleming, the King's fetching niece, some decidedly contemporary romantic tricks. Alas, there's trouble afoot when Bing locks "magical" horns with the all-powerful Merlin and is challenged to a joust by Sir Lancelot for the hand of the beautiful princess!

Co-starring Sir Cedric Hardwicke and William Bendix, the classic fantasy also features a marvelous score by Jimmy Van Heusen and Johnny Burke, along with such hits as "Busy Doing Nothing" and "Once and for Always.

THE EMPEROR WALTZ: Just imagine: Viennese royalty, elegantly dressed ladies, dashing courtiers, and Bing Crosby in his old straw hat sharing the Danube and the court of Emperor Franz Joseph. It's a recipe for sure-fire fun.

Bing plays Virgil Smith, an American phonograph salesman whose fox terrier companion takes a fancy to the persnickety poodle of countess Johanna Augusta (Joan Fontaine). While some may call it puppy love, it turns out that romance is not just going to the dogs. Virgil's openness and congeniality start to melt the icy coolness of the Viennese royal, who struggles with whether or not to dare defy convention in her tradition-oriented homeland. The lush scenery provides a gorgeous backdrop for the wooing and canoeing that take place in the land of blue rivers and Strauss waltzes. Add an element of good old American humor and Bing's smooth sounds, and The Emperor Waltz is a delightfully entertaining trip to the musical wonders of old Vienna, Hollywood-style.

Music, merriment, and romance blend blissfully while Bing sings "Friendly Mountains" and "I Kiss Your Hand, Madam," and Strauss melodies fill the air. This film is a real treat for fans of all ages.

Specifications

Studio Universal
SKU 40206140
UPC 025192264023
UPC 14 00025192264023
Format DVD
Rating NR
Keywords
Based On A Novel
Classic
Musicals/Music Videos
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note This Bing Crosby double feature contains the musical adaption of the Mark Twain novel A CONNECTICUT YANKEE IN KING ARTHUR'S COURT and the Billy Wilder directed THE EMPEROR WALTZ. See individual titles for details.
Directors
Billy Wilder
Actors
Bing Crosby
Joan Fontaine
Rhonda Fleming
Cast & Crew
Bing Crosby - [both] Actor
Richard Haydn - [Waltz] Actor
Roland Culver - [Waltz] Actor
Joan Fontaine - [Waltz] Actor
Lucile Watson - [Waltz] Actor
George Barnes - [Waltz] Cinematographer
Billy Wilder - [Waltz] Director
Doane Harrison - [Waltz] Editor
Charles Brackett - [Waltz] Producer
Charles Brackett - [Waltz] Writer
Billy Wilder - [Waltz] Writer
Cedric Hardwicke - [Yankee] Actor
Rhonda Fleming - [Yankee] Actor
Murvyn Vye - [Yankee] Actor
William Bendix - [Yankee] Actor
Mark Twain - [Yankee] Based On Novel By
Ray Rennahan - [Yankee] Cinematographer
Tay Garnett - [Yankee] Director
Archie Marshek - [Yankee] Editor
Robert Fellows - [Yankee] Producer
Edmund Beloin - [Yankee] Screenplay
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1949
Catalog ID 22640
UPC 00025192264023
Number of Discs 1
Color B&W and Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
4:3
Features
DVD
Product Attributes
Actor Crosby,Bing
Label Mca Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD

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