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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."

Directors:

Ernst Lubitsch, John M. Stahl (uncredited)

Writers:

Hanns Kräly (continuity) (as Hans Kraly), Karl Heinrich (from the book) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ramon Novarro ... Prince Karl Heinrich
Norma Shearer ... Kathi
Jean Hersholt ... Dr. Jüttner
Gustav von Seyffertitz ... King Karl VII
Philippe De Lacy ... 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
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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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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 January 1928 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Old Heidelberg See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,205,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The onscreen credit source is "from the book Karl Heinrich," but no author is listed. The writer, Wilhelm Meyer-Förster, is therefore considered uncredited. 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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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 »

Connections

Referenced in Sunset Blvd. (1950) See more »

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Silent Gem
13 September 2010 | by phillylilypadSee 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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