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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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The royal, racy, riotous romancing of the beautiful barmaid and The Student Prince ...who would rather make love than history! See more »

Genres:

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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Trivia

Mario Lanza made two separate recordings from this film, both for RCA. The first, in mono, used the new lyrics especially written for the film, in addition to several songs written especially for the movie. The second, a stereo album released in 1959, featured soprano Norma Giusti as Kathie and, like the mono version, the new songs, in addition to some of the songs from the stage production. But the songs from the stage version were sung on this album with their original 1924 lyrics, not with the revisions heard 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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Version of The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg (1927) See more »

Soundtracks

Drinking Song
Music by Sigmund Romberg
Original lyrics by Dorothy Donnelly
New lyrics by Paul Francis Webster
Sung by Men's Chorus
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Nice music and photography,but could have been better
3 February 1999 | by critic-2See all my reviews

This is the only talking film version of Romberg's famous 1924 operetta--unfortunately, and it took MGM thirty years to get around to making it after they did a silent version. Although from all reports the silent version, directed by the great Ernst Lubitsch is excellent (I haven't seen it), in spite of the fact that it IS a "silent operetta", this 1954 sound version is a considerable letdown. Mario Lanza was supposed to have played the Prince, but his temper and weight problems got him fired, so the film was released with Edmund Purdom acting the role and lip-synching to Lanza's singing. Purdom is a considerably better actor than Lanza, but that's really not saying much. Ann Blyth, who does her own singing, is very good. However, the MGM adapters and screenwriters have done their dirty work. New, hopelessly bad dialogue has been added, as in the 50's remakes of "The Desert Song", "Show Boat", and "Rose Marie", but in this case the adapters have gone a few steps further. Only about half the original music (the score alone is ninety minutes long) is used; only Purdom/Lanza, Blyth, and the chorus sing, and they even filch the songs given to other characters in the stage version. Worse yet, new songs (not by Romberg and Dorothy Donnelly) have been added,and in EVERY SINGLE ONE of the original songs, only the first few lines of the lyrics have been retained----the rest have all been changed.

Audiences who are undemanding or completely unfamiliar with even a recording of the songs won't mind, but although the original lyrics weren't on the level of Hammerstein, Porter, Berlin, Ira Gershwin, Larry Hart, or Alan Jay Lerner's efforts, "Student Prince" fans will--and should---be outraged at this musical mangling.


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