The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg(Old Heidelberg)(The Student Prince) (1928)





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Even without the benefit of sound, The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg seems to be inundated by Franz Lehar's unforgettable songs. Director Ernst Lubitsch fashioned a gloriously schmaltzy, delightfully artificial rendition of the 1924 Lehar opera, which in turn was based on the 1902 play In Old Heidelberg. Ramon Novarro plays the title role, an ever-carousing young monarch who falls in love with ebullient barmaid Norma Shearer. Fully willing to forsake his crown for her sake, Novarro chooses duty over love when his country is threatened with revolution. He tries to let Shearer down gently, but it is clear that she will never quite get over her summer romance. Such is the genius of Ernst Lubitsch that the 1927 version of Student Prince seems a lot more alive and far less dated than the 1954 Technicolor remake.
Art House & International , Comedy , Drama , Romance
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Ramon Novarro
as Prince Karl Heinrich
Jean Hersholt
as Dr. Juttner
Gustav von Seyffertitz
as King Karl VII
Philippe De Lacy
as Heir Apparent
Bobby Mack
as Kellerman
Edward Connelly
as Court Marshal
Otis Harlan
as Old Ruder
Hans Joby
as Student
Lionel Belmore
as Student
Edythe Chapman
as Student
John Peters
as Student
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Critic Reviews for The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg(Old Heidelberg)(The Student Prince)

All Critics (3)

Lubitsch's most emotional silent

Full Review… | May 31, 2015

Its cutesy love story is too schmaltzy.

Full Review… | August 10, 2013
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Ernst Lubitsch's graceful silent comedy is both a class act and a still-relevant model for emulation.

Full Review… | February 15, 2009

Audience Reviews for The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg(Old Heidelberg)(The Student Prince)


It seems "Roman Holiday" was merely a reworking of themes first presented here. Always enjoy watching the iconic Hersholt.

Christopher Bergan
Christopher Bergan

"It must be great to be a Prince"...or so it seems. But the Prince, in this tale, feels otherwise...seemingly trapped by his lofty station in life. Enviously watching other kids playing in the field beyond the palace's iron gates - which act as prison bars isolating him from the outside world. It is only when the Prince (Ramon Novarro) becomes old enough to go to college does he finally start to feel what life is really all about. His entourage stops at a commoner's inn to decide if he wants to board there. When the innkeeper's pretty niece (Norma Shearer) demonstrates how soft and bouncy-bouncy the beds are...the blushing Prince decides this may not be a bad place to stay afterall... The Student Prince in Old Heidelburg is one of the better crafted romantic comedies I have seen from the silent era. Even in this early film you can sense director Ernst Lubitsch honing his signature style - witty dialogue & action, sexy innuendo, expert camera work and edits. I don't really want to say too much more lest the ending be spoiled...

bernard anselmo
bernard anselmo

an early lubitsch film of the famous operetta. lucky for me it's the silent version ;) some beautiful sequences, especially the night scene in a meadow, and typical lubitsch humor moving the plot along. ramon novarro was very sweet as the prince! i haven't seen him before tho i understand he became quite famous as the new 'latin lover' after the death of valentino. norma shearer is ok but i thought she was miscast in this. at least i didn't have to hear them sing :p

Stella Dallas
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