The Student Prince

The Student Prince

Ann Blyth
Director: Richard Thorpe Cast: Ann Blyth
Ann Blyth
, Edmund Purdom
Edmund Purdom
, John Ericson
John Ericson
Richard Thorpe


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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. ~ Michael Betzold

Product Details

Release Date: 04/25/2007
UPC: 4897007030811
Original Release: 1954
Rating: NR
Source: Castaway Pictures
Region Code: 0
Sales rank: 23,979

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ann Blyth Kathie
Edmund Purdom Prince Karl
John Ericson Count Von Asterburg
Louis Calhern King of Karlsburg
Edmund Gwenn Prof. Juttner
John Williams Lutz
Evelyn Varden Queen
John Hoyt Prime Minister
Richard Anderson Lucas
Steve Rowland Feuerwald
Chris Warfield Richter
Archer MacDonald Head Corps Servant
Charles Davis Hubert
John Qualen Willie Klauber
Betta St. John Princess Johanna
Mario Lanza Prince Karl (singing)
S.Z. Sakall Joseph Ruder

Technical Credits
Richard Thorpe Director
Randall Duell Art Director
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Arthur Krams Set Decoration/Design
Sonya Levien Screenwriter
William Ludwig Screenwriter
Warren Newcombe Special Effects
Hermes Pan Choreography
Joe Pasternak Producer
Walter Plunkett Costumes/Costume Designer
Helen Rose Costumes/Costume Designer
Gene Ruggiero Editor
George Stoll Musical Direction/Supervision
William J. Tuttle Makeup
Paul Vogel Cinematographer
Edwin B. Willis Set Decoration/Design

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Student Prince
1. To Radiate Warmth and Charm [15:52]
2. To Heidelberg [17:33]
3. The Prince as a Student [21:00]
4. To Groswaltz for Kathie [18:01]
5. Conspiracy to Get Away [14:39]
6. It's a Wonderful Dream [19:33]

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