The venerable operetta about a royal cutup in the beer gardens of Heidelberg has been given a brand new look in this classy Joe Pasternak production via CinemaScope and Ansco Color. This latest pic version is a fresh, beguiling musical, beautiful to hear and behold.

The venerable operetta about a royal cutup in the beer gardens of Heidelberg has been given a brand new look in this classy Joe Pasternak production via CinemaScope and Ansco Color. This latest pic version is a fresh, beguiling musical, beautiful to hear and behold.

The voice personality of Mario Lanza doesn’t jibe with the British starch of Edmund Purdom’s physical appearance, but not many will mind because the latter’s acting is good. Doing her own singing in a gracious, charming manner is Ann Blyth, who might not be everyone’s idea of a barmaid who could charm a prince, but she’s pert and pretty.

Richard Thorpe’s direction keeps things moving at a likeable pace, whether the people are engaging in song, amour or duel.

To the Sigmund Romberg tunes for which Dorothy Donnelly did the original lyrics and Paul Francis Webster the revised ones used here, have been added three new songs by Webster and Nicholas Bredszky. They are ‘Beloved,’ ‘I’ll Walk With God,’ that is given a standout staging, and ‘Summertime in Heidelberg.’

Louis Calhern plays, with a flourish, the king who sends his grandson (Purdom) to Heidelberg to learn how to be a man. There the young prince falls in love with Blyth and is about to run away with her when the king’s illness intervenes.

The Student Prince

Production

M-G-M. Director Richard Thorpe; Producer Joe Pasternak; Screenplay William Ludwig, Sonya Levien; Camera Paul C. Vogel; Editor Gene Ruggiero; Music Georgie Stoll (dir.); Art Director Cedric Gibbons, Randall Duell

Crew

(Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1954. Running time: 107 MIN.

With

Ann Blyth Edmund Purdom John Ericson Louis Calhern Edmund Gwenn Betta St John
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