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The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg (1927)

Passed  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  30 January 1928 (USA)
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A cloistered, overprotected Austrian prince falls in love with a down-to-earth barmaid in this "Viennese fairy tale."

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Cast

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Prince Karl Heinrich
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Kathi
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Gustav von Seyffertitz ...
King Karl VII
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Heir Apparent (as Philipe de Lacy)
Edgar Norton ...
Lutz
Bobbie Mack ...
Kellermann (as Bobby Mack)
Edward Connelly ...
Court Marshal
Otis Harlan ...
Old Ruder
Hans Joby ...
Student (as John S. Peters)
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Young Prince Karl Heinrich has spent his entire life behind the palace gates protected from the world. He has been raised in a melancholy atmosphere of strict discipline and duty, yet he often looks out at the frolics of youths and maidens who live beyond the walls. When he passes his exams, Karl is sent to Heidelberg to complete his studies. It is a heady new world of brew, song, and comradeship. Karl falls in love with Kathi, a pretty barmaid, and she reciprocates. But can the love survive their disparate backgrounds? Will Karl ever find happiness or will duty deny it to him? Written by Thomas McWilliams <tgm@netcom.com>

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Release Date:

30 January 1928 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Old Heidelberg  »

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$1,205,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

This was the opening night film for the 12th Annual San Francisco Silent Film Festival at the Castro Theater, 2007. See more »

Goofs

The opening credits spell the name of the heroine (played by Norma Shearer) as "Cathi" yet the name is spelled "Kathi" in the subtitle plates. See more »

Quotes

Old couple at the window: [tiredly, looking at King Karl's marriage procession] It must be wonderful to be a king!
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Remade as The Prince and Me (2004) See more »

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Duty Calls
28 January 2003 | by (Montcalir, N.J.) – See all my reviews

The titles call this film "Old Heidelberg." Perhaps the longer title was added later to cash in on the popularity of Romberg's operetta, "The Student Prince," or to differenciate this 1927 silent film from an earlier version. Although director Ernst Lubitsch is a bit ham-handed about hammering home the fact that the obligations of royalty can lead to unhappiness (characters musing about how wonderful it must be to be a prince/king...the irony is too heavy-handed, which isn't like him), the point, at least, does get made. The movie abounds in gorgeous, evocative images that enhance the dramatic situations. There are many very telling moments that reveal the Master's touch...the prince steps out of the train, his momentary jealousy when he sees Kathi's popularity with the students, his stiff reunion with his former friends, who can no longer be his friends, and his realization of it. Ramon Novarro is an eager puppy-dog of a prince, charmingly, almost unbelievably, naive and enthusiastic, which makes his dilemma all the more touching as he begins to realize that there are some things a king can't have; if Norma Shearer, by comparison, seems more calculating and "actressy," she's still quite effective (when she and Karl Friedrich embrace before he heads back home because of his uncle's illness, her eyes tell you that she suspects she may never see him again), and the lesser roles are cast to near-perfection. After performing as a successful screen villain, Jean Hersholt was so good as the Prince's loyal tutor and companion that he established a nearly-unshakable image of weary kindliness. Production values are high--Lubitsch spent a lot of money but, in this case, it wasn't wasted. As one who generally finds silent films hammily-acted and dated in sensibility, I was pleasantly surprised to find this movie so absorbing. The Carl Davis score with which it is now shown, was added much later and does its own part to enhance the movie. Highly recommended.


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