The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg (1928)

105 mins | Romance | 30 January 1928

Director:

Ernst Lubitsch

Writer:

Hans Kraly

Cinematographer:

John Mescall

Editor:

Andrew Marton

Production Designers:

Cedric Gibbons, Richard Day

Production Company:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.
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HISTORY

Although the onscreen credits and copyright records list the film's full title, The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg , most contemporary reviews listed it simply as The Student Prince . Some prints list the title simply as Old Heidelberg . Wilhelm Meyer-Förster's story previously had been filmed in 1915 by the Fine Arts Film Co. under the title Old Heidelberg . That version was directed by John Emerson and starred Wallace Reid and Dorothy Gish (see entry). M-G-M made a musical version of the story, based also on Sigmund Romberg's operetta The Student Prince , in 1954. That version was directed by Richard Thorpe and starred Edmund Purdom and Ann Blyth, featuring the singing voice of Mario Lanza (see entry).
       According to the 2 Jan 1927 FD, Chester Conklin was set to play "Kellerman." However, the role in the final film was taken by Bobby Mack. ... More Less

Although the onscreen credits and copyright records list the film's full title, The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg , most contemporary reviews listed it simply as The Student Prince . Some prints list the title simply as Old Heidelberg . Wilhelm Meyer-Förster's story previously had been filmed in 1915 by the Fine Arts Film Co. under the title Old Heidelberg . That version was directed by John Emerson and starred Wallace Reid and Dorothy Gish (see entry). M-G-M made a musical version of the story, based also on Sigmund Romberg's operetta The Student Prince , in 1954. That version was directed by Richard Thorpe and starred Edmund Purdom and Ann Blyth, featuring the singing voice of Mario Lanza (see entry).
       According to the 2 Jan 1927 FD, Chester Conklin was set to play "Kellerman." However, the role in the final film was taken by Bobby Mack. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
2 Jan 1927
p. 6.
Film Daily
2 Oct 1927
p. 6.
Moving Picture World
24 Sep 1927
p. 250.
New York Times
22 Sep 1927
p. 250.
Variety
28 Sep 1927
p. 24.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
WRITERS
Scen
Titles
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
COSTUMES
Ward
Ward
MUSIC
Mus score
Mus score
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel Karl Heinrich by Wilhelm Meyer-Foerster (New York, 1904), the play Old Heidelberg by Meyer-Foerster (New York, 1903) and the operetta The Student Prince , book and lyrics by Dorothy Donnelly, music by Sigmund Romberg (New York, 2 Dec 1924).
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
Old Heidelberg
The Student Prince
Release Date:
30 January 1928
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 21 Sep 1927
Copyright Claimant:
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Distributing Corp.
Copyright Date:
30 January 1928
Copyright Number:
LP25374
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
105
Length(in feet):
9,435
Length(in reels):
10
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Crown Prince Karl Heinrich, nephew of the king of a small domain, has a joyless existence in the pretentious formalism of the moribund court until his tutor, Dr. Juttner, arrives. After several years, Juttner takes Karl Heinrich to Heidelberg to study at the university. Here the prince falls in love with Kathi, the niece of the owner of an inn where the tutor and the prince have taken rooms. Karl Heinrich's happiness is shattered when the king dies and he must return to take the throne. Lonely and still in love with Kathi, although he is betrothed to an unattractive princess, Karl Heinrich returns to Heidelberg and finds that everything has changed: the students who were once his comrades salute him stiffly; his tutor has died; and only Kathi welcomes him as of old. After brief reunion they part again, for the Princess Ilse and he are celebrating their ... +


Crown Prince Karl Heinrich, nephew of the king of a small domain, has a joyless existence in the pretentious formalism of the moribund court until his tutor, Dr. Juttner, arrives. After several years, Juttner takes Karl Heinrich to Heidelberg to study at the university. Here the prince falls in love with Kathi, the niece of the owner of an inn where the tutor and the prince have taken rooms. Karl Heinrich's happiness is shattered when the king dies and he must return to take the throne. Lonely and still in love with Kathi, although he is betrothed to an unattractive princess, Karl Heinrich returns to Heidelberg and finds that everything has changed: the students who were once his comrades salute him stiffly; his tutor has died; and only Kathi welcomes him as of old. After brief reunion they part again, for the Princess Ilse and he are celebrating their betrothal. +

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