28 user 11 critic

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."


Ernst Lubitsch, John M. Stahl (uncredited)


Karl Heinrich (from the book), Marian Ainslee (titles) | 1 more credit »




Complete credited cast:
Ramon Novarro ... Prince Karl Heinrich
Norma Shearer ... Kathi
Jean Hersholt ... Dr. Jüttner
Gustav von Seyffertitz ... King Karl VII
Philippe De Lacy ... Young Karl - Heir Apparent (as Philipe de Lacy)
Edgar Norton ... Lutz
Bobbie Mack Bobbie Mack ... Kellermann (as Bobby Mack)
Edward Connelly ... Court Marshal
Otis Harlan ... Old Ruder
John S. Peters John S. Peters ... Student


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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

prince | duty | tutor | cake | student | See All (24) »


Watch your own first timid flight of young love unfold before your eyes in this sweet-scented romance. Hear the "Student Prince" music. (Print Ad- Cherokee Evening Times, ((Cherokee, Iowa)) 11 June 1928) See more »


Drama | Romance


Passed | See all certifications »

Did You Know?


Assuming its copyright has not lapsed already, this film and all others produced in 1927 enter the U.S. public domain in 2023. See more »


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 »


Kids in the street: [happily, looking at photo of Young Prince Karl in shop window] He's going to be a wonderful king!
See more »

Alternate Versions

In 1986, Thames Television in association with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer created a video, using the alternate title "Old Heidelberg," with full orchestral score by Carl Davis, and with running time of 106 minutes. See more »


Remade as The Prince and Me (2004) See more »

User Reviews

Sweet, Sweet Film
8 February 2008 | by puzzowSee all my reviews

This a delightful film full of humanistic touches-- from young Prince Karl's playful relationship with his good-natured mentor, Dr. Juttner, his carousing and drinking with the students in Old Heidelberg, to his paddling upon lakes and taking mad carriage rides with the beautiful barmaid, Kathy-- it's all at once side-stitchingly funny, bittersweet, romantic and a nostalgic tribute to youth and young love. The film is made with such a deft touch that, to the end where Prince Karl returns to visit Heidelberg, it never becomes schmaltzy. It is consistently charming and ends on a pitch perfect note. A real crowd pleaser. Highly recommended.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 28 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.





None | English

Release Date:

30 January 1928 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Old Heidelberg See more »


Box Office


$1,205,000 (estimated)
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


(video) |

Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

Recently Viewed