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The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg (1927)

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

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(continuity) (as Hans Kraly), (from the book) | 2 more credits »
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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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Storyline

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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Drama | Romance

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30 January 1928 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Old Heidelberg  »

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$1,205,000 (estimated)
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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Erich von Stroheim was offered directorship of this film, but declined after having had a negative experience working under Irving Thalberg on The Merry Widow (1925). Stroheim went to Paramount to direct and star in The Wedding March (1928). 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

Kathi: And a prince, after all, is only a human being.
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Remade as The Prince and Me (2004) See more »

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Silent Gem
13 September 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I watched this delightful film on TCM last night. What a revelation! Although the print quality has clearly suffered over the years, the high quality of the original production values shines through. The famous Lubitcsh Touch is all over this sweet, moving film.

The acting is also superb! Navarro and Shearer give believable performances as a star-crossed couple in turn-of-the-century Germany. Navarro, in particular, gives a pitch-perfect portrayal of a reluctant prince who longs only for a simple life surrounded by school-friends and his first love.

Also giving a beautiful performance as the prince's tutor and mentor was Jean Hersholt.

I have never particularly enjoyed silent films - many seem to me to be overly melodramatic. But this film changed my opinion. The actors and director were able to communicate so much with very few dialog cards. It made me realize what was lost when talking pictures took over and everything became more literal.

Even if you don't think you like silent films, give this one a try.


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