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The Prisoner of Zenda (1937)

Approved | | Adventure, Drama, Romance | 3 September 1937 (USA)
An Englishman on a Ruritarian holiday must impersonate the king when the rightful monarch, a distant cousin, is drugged and kidnapped.

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This is a classic swashbuckler. Rudolph Rassendyll, Rudolf V's identical distant cousin, is asked to risk his life and impersonate the would-be king when his relative is kidnapped before his impending coronation. If Rudolf V isn't present at the ceremony, he will forfeit the crown to his older half-brother. Complications ensue when Princess Flavia, the king's cousin and betrothed, begins to notice a "personality change" in her fiancé. Written by Albert Sanchez Moreno <a.moreno@mindspring.com>

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3 September 1937 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der Gefangene von Zenda  »

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Budget:

$1,250,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"Academy Award Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on July 17, 1946 with Douglas Fairbanks Jr. reprising his film role. See more »

Goofs

Princess Flavia gives Rassendyll a red rose in the garden. As it lies on a book a little while later, it is white. See more »

Quotes

Rupert of Hentzau: Touché, Rassendyll! I cannot get used to fighting furniture - where did you learn it?
Rudolph Rassendyll: That all goes with the old school tie.
Rupert of Hentzau: Well, then, here's your last fencing lesson. Look out for your head.
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Version of The Prisoner of Zenda, Inc. (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

Hail the Conquering Hero
(uncredited)
By George Frideric Handel
[Played at the "king's" entry into the cathedral]
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Anthony Hope
17 April 2005 | by (Connecticut) – See all my reviews

John Cromwell's direction sparks this entry into " The Prisoner of Zenda" This film redone by MGM with James Mason as Black Michael and in colour( Color)

This version has more wit and sweep even though its in black and white. For sure the screenwriters and Cromwell made Doug Fairbanks Jr into more of a rascal than a criminal and of course he escaped in the final reel. I like Coleman and Carroll in their leading roles as well as C A. Smith and Niven as the co conspirators

Raymond Massey looks like he is uncomfortable with his lines and would rather be doing Hamlet Nevertheless this is the best version and it still has legs and looks more Gothic than the MGM Vehicle which is saturated in colors and may cause headaches after the first reel

C Pope


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