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The Student Prince (1954)

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

Director:

Richard Thorpe

Writers:

Dorothy Donnelly (book), Wilhelm Meyer-Förster (based on the play "Alt Heidelberg" by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ann Blyth ... Kathie Ruder
Edmund Purdom ... Prince Karl Franz
John Ericson ... Count Von Asterburg
Louis Calhern ... King Ferdinand of Karlsberg
Edmund Gwenn ... Professor Juttner
S.Z. Sakall ... Joseph Ruder (as S.Z. 'Cuddles' Sakall)
Betta St. John ... Princess Johanna
John Williams ... Lutz
Evelyn Varden ... Queen Mathilda
John Hoyt ... Prime Minister Von Mark
Richard Anderson ... Lucas
Mario Lanza ... Prince Karl (singing voice)
Roger Alan Roger Alan ... Von Fischtenstein
Steve Rowland ... Feuerwald
Chris Warfield 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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Musical | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 June 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Le prince étudiant See more »

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Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Anscocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Final film of S.Z. Sakall. 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

Version of Old Heidelberg (1915) See more »

Soundtracks

Serenade
Music by Sigmund Romberg
Original Lyrics by Dorothy Donnelly
New Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster
Sung by Edmund Purdom (dubbed by Mario Lanza)
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A student prince falls in love with a lowly barmaid...
8 January 2007 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

THE STUDENT PRINCE should have been a lot better. After all, it's based on a famous operetta with music by Sigmund Romberg, features the golden voice of Mario Lanza at his singing peak, is cast with competent enough MGM players, and is filmed in glorious Technicolor.

But something happened--the uninspired Richard Thorpe was chosen to direct (Vincente Minnelli, where were you???) and the result is a tedious, slow-paced musical with stagebound sets and much of the Romberg score either missing or drastically altered with the insertion of two new songs (which, by the way, aren't bad at all). One of them, BELOVED, is sung with great feeling and style by Mario.

Lanza was at a difficult stage of his career by the time THE STUDENT PRINCE was set to roll, and his temperament and weight problems made it impossible for the studio to let him play the lead, even after he'd recorded all of the songs. EDMUND PURDOM, a relatively unknown newcomer, was given the chance to step in and, in all fairness to Purdom, it must be said that he does a commendable enough job in the acting department and does the lip-sync thing with professional results (he's right up there with Larry Parks in that department!) ANN BLYTH, never a particular favorite of mine, does her own singing with a pleasant soprano voice but is less than satisfying as the barmaid. She looks much too sophisticated and stylish for her lowly status to be believable and is rather arch and patronizing in her attitudes.

The rest of the cast isn't handed the best of material but they do workmanlike jobs with it: EDMUND GWENN, LOUIS CALHERN, JOHN ERICSON, S.Z. SAKALL and EVELYN ARDEN--but the extensive faults lie with the limp direction unable to give any luster to the proceedings. And the soundstage look for outdoor scenes doesn't help.

Worth hearing (if not watching) for Lanza alone on some delightful Romberg songs. His soundtrack recording of the music was a big seller and it's easy to understand why.


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