Old Heidelberg (1915)

Drama | 14 November 1915

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HISTORY

According to many modern sources, John Emerson hired Erich von Stroheim as a technical advisor and as an assistant director on this film. After the film opened, the Shubert Co. sued the Triangle Film Corp. and Fine Arts for copyright infringement, claiming that the scenario was based on an English translation of the stage version of the Meyer-Förster novel for which the Shubert Co. owned the rights, but a judge dismissed the suit in late 1918 after determining that the film was based on an English translation of the novel, written by Max Chapelle (pseudonym of Max Schaaf) in 1903. The actor Erik von Ritzau was listed erroneously in reviews as Erik von Titzau.
       The 1924 operetta The Student Prince with book and lyrics by Dorothy Donnelly and music by Sigmund Romberg was based on the novel. Other films based on the novel or the operetta include The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg , a 1927 M-G-M film directed by Ernst Lubitsch and starring Ramon Novarro and Norma Shearer (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30 ; F2.5452), and The Student Prince , a 1954 M-G-M film directed by Richard Thorpe and featuring Ann Blyth, Edmund Purdom and the voice of Mario ... More Less

According to many modern sources, John Emerson hired Erich von Stroheim as a technical advisor and as an assistant director on this film. After the film opened, the Shubert Co. sued the Triangle Film Corp. and Fine Arts for copyright infringement, claiming that the scenario was based on an English translation of the stage version of the Meyer-Förster novel for which the Shubert Co. owned the rights, but a judge dismissed the suit in late 1918 after determining that the film was based on an English translation of the novel, written by Max Chapelle (pseudonym of Max Schaaf) in 1903. The actor Erik von Ritzau was listed erroneously in reviews as Erik von Titzau.
       The 1924 operetta The Student Prince with book and lyrics by Dorothy Donnelly and music by Sigmund Romberg was based on the novel. Other films based on the novel or the operetta include The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg , a 1927 M-G-M film directed by Ernst Lubitsch and starring Ramon Novarro and Norma Shearer (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30 ; F2.5452), and The Student Prince , a 1954 M-G-M film directed by Richard Thorpe and featuring Ann Blyth, Edmund Purdom and the voice of Mario Lanza. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Motog
16 Oct 15
p. 803.
Motog
23 Oct 15
p. 856, 882
Motog
20 Nov 15
p. 1106.
MPN
4 Dec 15
p. 87, 121
MPN
30 Oct 15
p. 112.
MPW
16 Oct 15
p. 464.
MPW
21 Dec 18
p. 1330.
NYDM
16 Oct 15
p. 30.
Variety
8 Oct 15
p. 21.
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LITERARY
Based on the novel Karl Heinrich by Wilhelm Meyer-Förster (Stuttgart, 1902).
DETAILS
Release Date:
14 November 1915
Copyright Claimant:
Triangle Film Corp.
Copyright Date:
8 November 1915
Copyright Number:
LP7888
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Karl Heinrich, the heir apparent to the principality of Rutania, leads a lonely existence in the royal palace, cut off from other children and the teeming life of Heidelberg. As a young man, he is sent to the university in Heidelberg where he finally enjoys the festive company of his peers and falls in love with Kathie, his only childhood friend and an innkeeper's niece. The strident political atmosphere of Rutania forces Karl to return to the palace and consider adopting a course toward war, but after visiting and talking with his subjects in the town, he concludes that peace is the better way. In order to secure peace with the neighboring country, however, Karl must marry its princess and desert Kathie, his true love. On a final visit to old Heidelberg, Karl bids Kathie goodbye and assumes his lonely, kingly ... +


Karl Heinrich, the heir apparent to the principality of Rutania, leads a lonely existence in the royal palace, cut off from other children and the teeming life of Heidelberg. As a young man, he is sent to the university in Heidelberg where he finally enjoys the festive company of his peers and falls in love with Kathie, his only childhood friend and an innkeeper's niece. The strident political atmosphere of Rutania forces Karl to return to the palace and consider adopting a course toward war, but after visiting and talking with his subjects in the town, he concludes that peace is the better way. In order to secure peace with the neighboring country, however, Karl must marry its princess and desert Kathie, his true love. On a final visit to old Heidelberg, Karl bids Kathie goodbye and assumes his lonely, kingly duties. +

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