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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 January 1928 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Old Heidelberg See more »

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Budget:

$1,205,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

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

Old couple at the window: [tiredly, looking at King Karl's marriage procession] It must be wonderful to be a king!
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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 »

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Sexy, sophisticated, even without sound
30 January 2001 | by telenySee all my reviews

By the time this came out, operetta was in decline, and so were silents. Still this is...well, quite the movie. Lubisch managed to turn what would have otherwise been a fairy tale into a believable drama between a saucy, popular, waitress and a university's "special student", a prince raised with little contact with the outside world (and whose father is paying for him to be kept that way). Sexy details abound: Dad, in this version, apparently owes his son to a similar intregue, Kathi balances her virginal prettiness with knowing gestures (check out how she demonstrates the softness of the bed!) If you think silents are campy, you'll like this one...it camps itself. And you'll love it.


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