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The Prisoner of Zenda (1952)

Approved | | Adventure | 14 November 1952 (USA)
An Englishman vacationing in a Ruritarian kingdom is recruited to impersonate his cousin, the soon-to-be-crowned king when the monarch is drugged and kidnapped.

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English trout fisher Rudolf Rassendyll is about the only tourist not coming for the coronation of Central-European King Rudolf V at Strelsau, but happens to be a distant relative and is approached on account of their canning resemblance to stand in for the drunken king, in order to prevent his envious half-brother Michael, who arranged spiking his wine to seize the throne when the reputedly less then dutiful Rudolf stays away. The ceremony goes well, and he gets acquainted with the charming royal bride, related princess Flavia, but afterward the king is found to be abducted; he must continue the charade and once the hiding place, the castle of Zenda, is found is involved in the fight between political parties for control over Rudolf V, his throne and his bride, for which a formidable third candidate, Michael's disloyal co-conspirator Rupert of Hentzau, was waiting in the curtains. Written by KGF Vissers

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At one stage, this was considered as a starring vehicle for Richard Greene. See more »

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When Rudolf and Hentzlau are face to face, Hentzlau remarks that he left his dagger in Michael. Yet when they are fighting with sabers, Hentzlau draws a dagger from his belt sheath. See more »

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Rudolf Rassendyll: I hope your trout take as much interest in me as you do. I shan't be able to land them fast enough.
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The opening credits are listed on parchment or velum-looking pages. The top, blank page has a silver sword upon it, which is piercing the page. When lifted, the credits start on the page below. The pages are ornately done with colorful ink letters and designs. See more »

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Spoofed in The Prisoner of Zenda (1979) See more »

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This Film is a Blast!
22 November 2003 | by (Indiana, US) – See all my reviews

Knowing nothing of this film, the book or previous versions, I watched TPOZ expecting nothing but a star-studded cast. I sat enchanted throughout, undisturbed by thoughts of "carbon copy" scenes, recycled musical scores and previous performances. For me the movie was timeless, not a word nor scene wasted, Granger and Kerr were engaging lovers. The sword fight was one of the best. The only "glaring" production fault was the 300 watt shadow. Otherwise, fantastic cinematography and score, and wonderful Granger, Kerr and Mason.


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