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The Prisoner of Zenda (1922)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Romance | 11 September 1922 (USA)
When the king is drugged and abducted by his ambitious brother, a lookalike relative must take his place to keep the evil sibling off the throne.

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Rupert of Hentzau (as Ramon Samaniegos)
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Marshal von Strakencz
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De Gautet (as Al Jennings)
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When the king is drugged and abducted by his ambitious brother, a lookalike relative must take his place to keep the evil sibling off the throne.

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11 September 1922 (USA)  »

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A zendai fogoly  »

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$323,062 (estimated)
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A musical version of the novel, called "Princess Flavia," opened in New York City, New York, USA on 2 November 1925 and had 153 performances. The music was by Sigmund Romberg, and Douglass Dumbrille was in the cast. See more »

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During the climactic fight scene, a stool is kicked over twice. See more »

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Referenced in Return to Babylon (2013) See more »

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Zenda
Music and Lyrics by Louis Breau and Ernst Luz
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Overlong spectacle
30 May 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Rex Ingram was one of the finest directors of the silent era, but unfortunately, he is little remembered today. His most famous film is The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, a box office smash in 1920 which put Italian immigrant Rudolph Valentino on the road to full-blown stardom. This 1922 adaptation of The Prisoner of Zenda is one of his better known films among silent movie geeks, but I would not count it among his most outstanding.

There's good scenery and spectacle, and Lewis Stone makes good as the lead. The standout of the cast is without a doubt a young Ramon Novarro as the roguish Rupert of Hentzau. Unfortunately, the rest of the cast is not so memorable. The film is also overlong and the comic relief was mildly painful at best.

Overall, it's watchable, but you'll be better served by watching the 1937 remake. If you want outstanding Ingram, then see Scaramouche or Four Horsemen.


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