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The Student Prince (1954)

The Student Prince (1954)




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Edmund Purdom plays Prince Karl, but Mario Lanza sings the bold tunes coming out of Purdom's mouth, in this MGM remake of the 1927 Ernst Lubitsch silent picture based on the renowned 1924 operetta by Sigmund Romberg and Dorothy Donnelly, which itself was based on the novel and play by Wilhelm Meyer-Foerster. Lanza was signed to play the German Prince of Heidelberg, but weight and temperament problems caused the director Richard Thorpe to use Purdom instead. Lanza's pre-recorded tenor tones come out of Purdom's lip-synching mouth in the many lusty tunes such as "Drink, Drink, Drink" and "Golden Days." Prince Karl's grandfather, the king (Louis Calhern), wants his sheltered grandson to see the world and sow a few wild oats before he returns to the marriage that has been pre-arranged with Princess Johanna (Betta St. John). The prince ends up in a tavern in Heidelberg and meets and falls in love with Kathie (Ann Blyth), the niece of the local innkeeper. But the King gets sick and dies, and Prince Karl must return to assume the throne. He can't have a peasant girl as his queen, so he must part with his secret lover.
Musical & Performing Arts , Romance
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Edmund Purdom
as Prince karl Franz
Ann Blyth
as Kathie Ruder
John Ericson
as Count Von Asterburg
Louis Calhern
as King Ferdinand of Karlsberg
Edmund Gwenn
as Prof. Juttner
S.Z. Sakall
as Joseph Ruder
Betta St John
as Princess Johanna
John Hoyt
as Prime Minister
Roger Allen
as Von Fischtenstein
Steve Rowland
as Feuerwald
Chris Warfield
as Richter
Gilbert Legay
as Von Buhler
Archer MacDonald
as Head Corps Servant
Charles Davis
as Hubert
John Qualen
as Willie Klauber
Mario Lanza
as Prince Karl (singing)
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Critic Reviews for The Student Prince

All Critics (5)

As stiff and old-fashioned as the detachable collars on the men's shirts.

Full Review… | August 22, 2007
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Purdom lipsincs Lanza, and that is the real attraction of this operetta.

December 19, 2005

Audience Reviews for The Student Prince


A good old fashioned musical! Anne Blythe was lovely and could sing a gentle song. Edmund Purdom was cute (they said), but couldn't sing, so they dubbed Mario Lanza (excellent tenor). Made in 1954 (I was in college then) about a prince who, as a student in Heidelberg, falls in love with a beautiful bar waitress. Doomed romance, of course, but wonderful music.

Glen Shrope
Glen Shrope

Lovely Movie loved the musical numbers from Mario Lanza and Anne Blyth shame Lanza couldnt play the prince Edmund Perdom spoiled the part

Myca Young
Myca Young

A fantastic operetta that leaves out the Hollywood ending. Prince Karl takes a break away from his life as a prince to experience life among the students of the University of Heidelberg and in the process learns to become more humble, laugh, build friendships and of course falls in love with a common bar maid. The kings horrible acting skills in sections has always bothered me in this film and the directors lack of recognizing that.

Mike M
Mike M

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