CastGrace Moore (Princess Elizabeth / Cissy), Franchot Tone (Emperor Franz Josef), Walter Connolly (Maximilian, Duke of Bavaria), Raymond Walburn (Col. Von Kempen), Elisabeth Risdon (Grand Duchess Sofia), Nana Bryant (Louise) Release dateMay 28, 1936 (1936-05-28) WriterSidney Buchman, Ernst Decsey (play), Gustav Holm (play), Hubert Marischka (story) Similar moviesRelated Josef von Sternberg movies
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The King Steps Out is a 1936 American light comedy film directed by Josef von Sternberg based on the early years of Empress Elisabeth of Austria, known as "Sisi" or "Sissi", and her courtship and marriage to Franz Joseph I of Austria, after he was initially engaged to her older sister Duchess Helene in Bavaria.
The script was written by Sidney Buchman, based on a theatre play called Sissys Brautfahrt by Ernst Décsey and Robert Weil aka Gustav Holm. Columbia Pictures bought the rights from Ernst Marischka in order to make the movie. The lyrics for the music were by Dorothy Fields and the music by Viennese composer and violinist Fritz Kreisler. Cinematography was by Lucien Ballard and the editing by Viola Lawrence. Costume design was by the Austrian Ernst Deutsch-Dryden.
The movie is relatively unknown to the later Sissi trilogy from the 1950s by Ernst Marischka starring Romy Schneider and Karlheinz Böhm.