The Student Prince

The Student Prince

Richard Thorpe (1954)

U Certificate


Our Score
This was to have starred romantic tenor Mario Lanza as the prince who falls for a barmaid, only Lanza grew too obese to wear the period costumes, economically handed over from MGM's The Prisoner of Zenda remake. While his voice remains on the rousing soundtrack, he was replaced in the film by stiff Brit Edmund Purdom, who in the same year had also replaced a difficult Marlon Brando in The Egyptian, but whose star was to fall as quickly as it rose. The film sounds magnificent, looks sumptuous and the plot about the duties of royalty has resonances today.


A pompous prince must choose between romance and duty when he falls in love with a barmaid on a trip to Heidelberg. Musical based on Romberg's operetta, starring Edmund Purdom, Ann Blyth, Louis Calhern and John Ericson.

Cast & Crew

Kathie Ann Blyth
Prince Karl Edmund Purdom
Count Von Asterburg John Ericson
King of Karlsburg Louis Calhern
Professor Juttner Edmund Gwenn
Lutz John Williams (1)
Joseph Ruder S Z Sakall
Princess Johanna Betta St John
Prince Karl's singing voice Mario Lanza
Director Richard Thorpe
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Metro-Goldwyn-MayerAvailable on: DVD