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Director:
Writers (WGA):
John L. Balderston (screenplay) and
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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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Cast

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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)
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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 film used the same basic script that was written for the 1937 David O. Selznick film version, The Prisoner of Zenda (1937), with Ronald Colman and Madeleine Carroll. Although many scenes and camera set-ups are exactly the same, there are notable differences.See more »
Goofs:
Errors in geography: In the opening shot of the movie, showing a train labeled "The Orient Express," there are a couple of very, very tall, California-type palm trees in the background.See more »
Quotes:
Rudolf Rassendyll:I know my clothes are a little conservative, but we English always dress as if we're going to a funeral when we're on a holiday.See more »
Movie Connections:
Remake of The Prisoner of Zenda (1937)See more »

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11 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Recycled Cocktail, 18 September 2003
Author: harry-76 from Cleveland, Ohio

Seems to me that if you're going to do a re-make of an earlier film, you need to have a better approach than just to refilm it, scene-by-scene, from its immediate predecessor.

Watching this 1952 version of "The Prisoner of Zenda," it emerges an astonishing "carbon copy" of its 15-year-old vintage model, only with different actors and in color.

What was most surprising was using Alfred Newman's 1937 music almost note-for-note. Conrad Salinger, MGM arranger-orchestrator-composer, seemed to have merely pulled out the old score, dusted off the parts, and passed them out to the MGM Orchestra to re-record.

Since this was also the music used for the now historic early December '39 sneak-preview of "Gone With the Wind" (outside of Los Angeles prior to its premiere before Max Steiner finished his work) it's even more strange to hear it here.

While the '52 cast was talented and the production values intact, there were no particularly fresh insights or viewpoints offered here, resulting in an efficiently "cloned" confection.

Less that an auspicious feather in MGM's cinematic folio, it still probably went over well with a new "generation" unfamiliar with either the '37 film or the original novel.





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