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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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Taglines:

The RISQUE, RIOTOUS FUN-LOVING MUSICAL...Filled with SIGMUND ROMBERG'S Rollicking Songs! (original print ad - mostly caps) See more »

Genres:

Musical | Romance

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Anscocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Trivia

Despite a request by producer Joe Pasternak, the mentor of her early film career at Universal, Deanna Durbin would not come out of retirement to play the role of Kathie the barmaid. See more »

Goofs

At 25:55, when Ruder tells Kathie the Prince has arrived. See more »

Quotes

King of Karlsberg: Freedom is a luxury no king can afford.
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Connections

Remake of Alt Heidelberg (1923) See more »

Soundtracks

Come Boys, Let's All Be Gay Boys
Music by Sigmund Romberg
Original Lyrics by Dorothy Donnelly
New Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster
Sung by Ann Blyth and Men's Chorus
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Karl and Kathy take us on a romantic dream for a short while
18 September 2003 | by kulturnisSee all my reviews

It probably was fortunate that Mario Lanza was overweight and Purdom played the prince. I can't think of anyone who would have done a better job. Great soundtrack, great atmosphere. Makes you feel right there sharing the lovers' dreams. I visited Heidelberg with the express intent of living a bit of the story. I find myself there each time I watch the film again.

Definitely for the romantic at heart, for those capable of enjoying an adult fairy tale without losing touch with reality. I wonder how few of the current generation would appreciate such a charming production.


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