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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 one musical born for the glory of color and the grandeur of Cinemascope See more »

Genres:

Musical | Romance

Certificate:

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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

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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

While the basic story remained unchanged, the movie made many changes from the original operetta. 14 of the original songs were eliminated, 3 new songs were written and almost all of the original lyrics from the remaining songs were replaced. In the stage version, the song "Just We Two" is sung by the Princess Johanna and a character who does not appear in the film, Count Tarnitz. She and Tarnitz are secretly in love but must part for state reasons. In addition, the time span of the play (more than two years) was reduced to only a few months 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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Connections

Version of The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg (1927) See more »

Soundtracks

Golden Days
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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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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