Originally Der Konigswaltser, The Royal Waltz is a lighthearted opera with no message or moral whatsoever. As he often would be during his long career, Curd Jurgens (here billed as Juergens) is cast as Emperor Franz Joseph of Austria. Set in Munich in 1852, the story concentrates on the impending marriage between the Emperor and Duchess Elisabeth of Bavaria (Carola Hoehn), affectionately known as "Cissy." Their love affair is counterpointed with the backstairs flirtation between young Count Ferdinand (Willi Forst) and humble caterer's daughter Theres Tomasoni (Beli Finkenzeller), which sparks a scandal that only Franz Joseph himself can iron out. The English subtitles of Royal Waltz undercut the film's charm with such anachronistic exclamations as "She's hot stuff!"
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