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The Student Prince (1954)

 -  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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15 June 1954 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Le prince étudiant  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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(Anscocolor)

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2.55 : 1
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Trivia

While the basic story remained unchanged, the movie made many changes from the original operetta. 14 of the original songs were eliminated, 3 new songs were written and almost all of the original lyrics from the remaining songs were replaced. In the stage version, the song "Just We Two" is sung by the Princess Johanna and a character who does not appear in the film, Count Tarnitz. She and Tarnitz are secretly in love but must part for state reasons. In addition, the time span of the play (more than two years) was reduced to only a few months 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

Spoofed in Heavenly Creatures (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Just We Two
Music by Sigmund Romberg
Original lyrics by Dorothy Donnelly
New lyrics by Paul Francis Webster
Sung by Edmund Purdom (dubbed by Mario Lanza) and Ann Blyth
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Isn't he in just one shot or is it an urban myth
1 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I personally enjoyed this film very much. It is a sweet trip to bygone times when musicals were just good entertainment. The character actors in it, (Cuddles Sakall in particular, and Louis Calhern as the king.) Edumund Purdom does an excellent job in the uneviable position of literally standing in for Mario Lanza.(And he's probably a better all around actor).There is an urban legend that says that Lanza is actually in one sequence in the film, and I think I have found it.

It is the beautiful scene in the cathedral after the old king has dies and Karl is standing in front of the catalfalque. There is a very wide angle shot of him singing 'I'll walk with God' and then a close up of Purdom. I really do think that this is the scene my friend was talking about. Anybody else think so??


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