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The Student Prince (1954)

Approved  |   |  Musical  |  15 June 1954 (USA)
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A prince has a romance with a barmaid before he must give up personal happiness for duty.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Kathie
Edmund Purdom ...
Prince Karl
John Ericson ...
Count Von Asterburg
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King of Karlsberg
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Joseph Ruder (as S.Z. 'Cuddles' Sakall)
Betta St. John ...
Princess Johanna
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Lutz
Evelyn Varden ...
Queen
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Prime Minister
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Lucas
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Prince Karl (singing voice)
Roger Alan ...
Von Fischtenstein
Steve Rowland ...
Feuerwald
Chris Warfield ...
Richter
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Storyline

When his bride-to-be finds him much too stiff, heir to the throne Prince Karl is sent off to the university in Heidelberg to learn how to socialize. He makes friends with the students there and falls for the down-to-earth Kathie, a barmaid. The two are soul mates, but when Karl's grandfather the king falls ill, he must choose between his country and his own happiness... Written by cupcakes

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The RISQUE, RIOTOUS FUN-LOVING MUSICAL...Filled with SIGMUND ROMBERG'S Rollicking Songs! (original print ad - mostly caps) See more »

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Release Date:

15 June 1954 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Le prince étudiant  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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(Anscocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Trivia

Mario Lanza made two separate recordings from this film, both for RCA. The first, in mono, used the new lyrics especially written for the film, in addition to several songs written especially for the movie. The second, a stereo album released in 1959, featured soprano Norma Giusti as Kathie and, like the mono version, the new songs, in addition to some of the songs from the stage production. But the songs from the stage version were sung on this album with their original 1924 lyrics, not with the revisions heard in the film. See more »

Goofs

Shortly after the "Serenade" segment Kathie is in her room. She puts out the candles until only one is left yet, when she goes to the window, a large electric stage light can be seen reflected in the glass. See more »

Quotes

King of Karlsberg: Freedom is a luxury no king can afford.
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Connections

Referenced in Heavenly Creatures (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Drinking Song
Music by Sigmund Romberg
Original lyrics by Dorothy Donnelly
New lyrics by Paul Francis Webster
Sung by Men's Chorus
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Hitting High Notes
31 January 2004 | by (Cleveland, Ohio) – See all my reviews

Mario Lanza's beautiful tenor soars on the soundtrack of this fairytale, loosely based on Sigmund Romberg's beautiful operetta.

In an interview on a Lanza bio program, Music Director George Stoll shared how Lanza came into the recording studio and rendered perfect one-takes on the entire score, within a remarkable single session.

The glorious timbre of his voice is a highlight of this film. A special treat is hearing the pleasant lyric soprano of Ann Blythe, who was a trained, experienced singer even before making her film debut. The two are heard to advantage in the lovely "Deep in My Heart" park scene duet.

Composer Nicholas Brodszky contributed two ravishingly beautiful added songs, "Beloved" and "I'll Walk With God," intoned to perfection by Lanza.

Alas, Director Richard Thorpe lets the production down with very routine and uninspired direction, allowing for often tedious pacing and formatting. Despite having a great cast to work with, his contribution produces a lethargic bent to the proceedings.

In the end, "The Student Prince's" attributes rest primarily on a beautiful soundtrack, rich score, attractive players, and Lanza's thrilling singing.


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