DVD retailer Movies Unlimited is pleased to announce the exclusive release of The Student Prince, a much-requested classic musical from the MGM library

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The Student Prince, a much-requested classic musical from the MGM library, featuring the incredible singing voice of Mario Lanza is scheduled for exclusive release by DVD retailer Movies Unlimited. The street date for The Student Prince is July 26 and the retail price is $19.99.

The Student Prince from the MGM library is scheduled for exclusive release by DVD retailer Movies Unlimited

The Student Prince

"The Student Prince is a special thrill to all of us at Movies Unlimited,” said Jerry Frebowitz, president of the company.

Released in 1954,The Student Prince is based on the operetta by Sigmund Romberg and features the incredible singing voice of Mario Lanza. The great tenor was used to dub lead actor Edmund Purdom’s voice.

In the film, Edmund Purdom plays a young Austrian prince named Karl. Raised his entire life for the military, Karl, who has little social skills, is recommended by his tutor to attend the university and mix with common folks. He eventually falls in love with Kathie (Ann Blyth), a barmaid, but the differences in class and his royal protocol keep them apart.

Directed by MGM stalwart Richard Thorpe (Ivanhoe), The Student Prince features a great supporting cast of familiar faces that includes John Ericson, Louis Calhern, Betta St. John, Edmund Gwenn and S.Z. Sakall. Its gorgeous score boasts such songs as “Serenade,” “Deep in My Heart,” “Dear,” “Golden Days” and “Beloved,” which was written for the film.

The Student Prince has an interesting history. The story was filmed three times previously--once by Ernst Lubitsch as a 1927 silent version called The Student Prince of Old Heidelberg starring Ramon Navarro, Norma Shearer and Jean Hersholt. For this production, Mario Lanza was scheduled to star, but creative differences led to the firing of original director Curtis Bernhardt (Miss Sadie Thompson) and the departure of Lanza. Because Lanza had already recorded the soundtrack before he left the production, MGM was able to use it with Purdom in the lead.

“By following our special DVD releases of The Naughty Marietta and Sweethearts with The Student Prince is a special thrill to all of us at Movies Unlimited,” said Jerry Frebowitz, president of the company. “This title has a strong following and the fact that Mario Lanza, one of the greatest singers and a native Philadelphian, is featured in it, makes me—and I’m sure his fans--want to shout ‘Bravo!”

Movies Unlimited is the oldest, most reliable video retailer specializing in selling DVD and Blu-ray titles. They operate the http://www.moviesunlimited.com website and publish both the annual encyclopedic Movies Unlimited DVD Catalog and the Turner Classic Movies DVD Catalog.

For further information, please contact: Irv Slifkin (215) 637-4444, ext. 6113 irv(at)moviesunlimited(dot)com

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