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Director:
Writers (WGA):
John L. Balderston (screenplay) and
Noel Langley (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
14 November 1952 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
A Swashbuckling Adventure In The Grand Style!
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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(2 articles)
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Stewart Granger ... Rudolf Rassendyll / King Rudolf V

Deborah Kerr ... Princess Flavia

Louis Calhern ... Col. Zapt

Jane Greer ... Antoinette de Mauban
Lewis Stone ... The Cardinal
Robert Douglas ... Michael, Duke of Strelsau
Robert Coote ... Fritz von Tarlenheim
Peter Brocco ... Johann
Francis Pierlot ... Josef

James Mason ... Rupert of Hentzau
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jay Adler ... Customs Officer (uncredited)
Eric Alden ... Prison Guard (uncredited)
Guy Bellis ... Chamberlain (uncredited)
Emilie Cabanne ... Lady with the Cardinal (uncredited)
Mary Carroll ... German Wife (uncredited)

Kathleen Freeman ... Gertrud Holf (uncredited)
John Goldsworthy ... Archbishop (uncredited)
William Hazel ... Aide (uncredited)
Thomas Browne Henry ... Detchard (uncredited)
George J. Lewis ... Uhlan Guard at Hunting Lodge (uncredited)
Doris Lloyd ... Lady Topham (uncredited)
Stanley Logan ... Lord Topham (uncredited)
Peter Mamakos ... De Gautet - Conspirator (uncredited)
Paul Marion ... Uhlan Guard at Hunting Lodge (uncredited)
Alphonse Martell ... Nobleman (uncredited)
Joseph Mell ... Railroad Guard (uncredited)
Forbes Murray ... Dignitary (uncredited)
Manuel París ... Nobleman (uncredited)
Bruce Payne ... Chamberlain (uncredited)
Alex Pope ... German Husband (uncredited)
Hugh Prosser ... Uhlan Guard at Hunting Lodge (uncredited)
Gordon Richards ... Dignitary (uncredited)
Stephen Roberts ... Albert von Lauengram (uncredited)
Victor Romito ... Aide (uncredited)
Elizabeth Slifer ... Woman (uncredited)
George Slocum ... Vendor (uncredited)
Michael Vallon ... Passport Official (uncredited)
Peter J. Votrian ... Newsboy (uncredited)
Charles Watts ... The Porter (uncredited)
Bud Wolfe ... Bersonin (uncredited)

Directed by
Richard Thorpe 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
John L. Balderston (screenplay) and
Noel Langley (screenplay)

Wells Root (adaptation)

Anthony Hope (novel "The Prisoner of Zenda")

Edward E. Rose (dramatization) (as Edward Rose)

Donald Ogden Stewart  additional dialogue (originally uncredited)

Produced by
Pandro S. Berman .... producer
 
Original Music by
Alfred Newman 
 
Cinematography by
Joseph Ruttenberg (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
George Boemler 
 
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
Hans Peters 
 
Set Decoration by
Richard Pefferle (set decorations)
Edwin B. Willis (set decorations)
 
Costume Design by
Walter Plunkett (costumes)
 
Makeup Department
Sydney Guilaroff .... hair styles
William Tuttle .... makeup creator
 
Production Management
Dave Friedman .... production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sid Sidman .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording supervisor
 
Special Effects by
Warren Newcombe .... special effects
Richard Newcombe .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Jean Heremans .... fencing master (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Conrad Salinger .... music adaptor: Alfred Newman's 1937 score
Alex Alexander .... musician: cello (uncredited)
Jakob Gimpel .... musician: piano (uncredited)
Johnny Green .... conductor (uncredited)
Virginia Majewski .... musician: viola (uncredited)
Uan Rasey .... musician: trumpet (uncredited)
Albert Sendrey .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Si Zentner .... musician: trombone (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Robert Brower .... Technicolor color consultant
Henri Jaffa .... Technicolor color consultant
 
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Runtime:
96 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification:
Australia:PG | Finland:K-12 | Netherlands:14 (original rating) (1953) | Sweden:Btl | UK:U | USA:Approved (PCA #15979) | USA:Passed (The National Board of Review)

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Trivia:
The Ruritanian Royal Train seen briefly as Rassendyl and the others travel to Strelsau for the coronation is stock footage of the Salzkammergut Lokalbahn, a narrow-gauge railway in the Salzburg area of Austria, that closed in 1957.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When the conductor conducts the waltz at the ball, his hand movements bear no relation to the music played.See more »
Quotes:
Michael, Duke of Strelsau:How badly did you wound him?
Rupert of Hentzau:Not fatally, I'm afraid. But the cabin is very damp, your highness - he could easily develop pneumonia...
Michael, Duke of Strelsau:And let the Englishman reign for the rest of his life? Could we ever expose him?
Rupert of Hentzau:That hadn't occurred to me.
Michael, Duke of Strelsau:But if the Englishman died first, and was buried in the cathedral as the King...
Rupert of Hentzau:There are moments in your presence, your highness, when I feel myself an amateur.
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Movie Connections:
Spoofed in The Prisoner of Zenda (1979)See more »

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20 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
I like this version more., 26 March 2004
Author: mvfever from Taiwan

I bought a duel set of "The Prisoner of Zenda" that contains both 1937 and 1952 versions, and like the 1952 version much more. First of all, Granger's handsomeness and style fits more to the fairy-tale adventure story of prince and princess, Coleman is too sophisticated for the Rassendyall character. Other casts are better also; Kerr is much prettier and princess like, and Mason is a more impressive villain. I also think that the fighting scenes are better, more elegant and better choreographed. With no less significance is the color ,makes the costume and characters look more sensational, and gives more feeling for the romantic fairy tale .

This movie is pure entertainment, I first saw it in high school, loved it, I still enjoy it 30 years later .

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