The Student Prince

Beverly Hills, CA: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer [MGM], 1952. Revised Final Draft script for the 1954 film. Studio File Copy, rubber-stamped on the front wrapper. Three front wrappers are present, each with varying rubber-stamps to indicate different drafts, and each noting different directors: Thorpe (who received final credit), Mervyn LeRoy, and Curtis Bernhardt. Brief annotations in holograph pencil on the verso of one page.

Based on the 1924 operetta of the same name by Sigmund Romberg and Dorothy Donnelly, which in turn was based on the 1901 play "Old Heidelburg" by Wilhelm Eyer-Forster, itself filmed four times between 1915 and 1959.

Mario Lanza was originally slated to star in the film, but a dispute with MGM led him to getting fired from the picture. However, MGM retained the rights to his already recorded vocals, and had replacement Edmund Purdom lip sync them in the film. Ironically, the songs "Beloved" and "Serenade" would become heavily associated with Lanza after the film and cast recording were hits.

Goldenrod titled wrappers, noted as FINAL and COMPLETE on the front wrapper, rubber-stamped copy No. 172 and production No. 1596, dated 7/18/52, with credits for screenwriters Ludwig and Levien, producer Joe Pasternak, and director Thorpe. 324 leaves, with last leaf of text being the fourth page of a summary dated 11/12/53, and three front wrappers. Mimeograph duplication, dated variously between 7/2/52 and 11/12/53, with pink and white revision pages throughout, dated variously between 8/11/52 and 1/4/54. Pages Near Fine, wrapper Very Good plus, bound with two gold brads.

Hirschhorn, p. 344.

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