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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.

Cast

Ramon Novarro
as Prince Karl Heinrich
Jean Hersholt
as Dr. Juttner
Philippe De Lacy
as Heir Apparent
Bobby Mack
as Kellerman
Edward Connelly
as Court Marshal
Otis Harlan
as Old Ruder
Hans Joby
as Student
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Critic Reviews for The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg(Old Heidelberg)(The Student Prince)

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Lubitsch's most emotional silent

June 1, 2015 | Full Review…
CinePassion

Its cutesy love story is too schmaltzy.

August 10, 2013 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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

February 15, 2009 | Rating: 78/100 | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg(Old Heidelberg)(The Student Prince)

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

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