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The Prisoner of Zenda ()


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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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  • Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 win & 1 nomination.
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Major Rudolf Rassendyll / The Prisoner of Zenda
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Princess Flavia
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Colonel Zapt
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Black Michael
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Antoinette de Mauban
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Fritz von Tarlenheim
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Rupert of Hentzau
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Detchard
Philip Sleeman ...
Albert von Lauengram
Eleanor Wesselhoeft ...
Frau Holf - Cook
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Duenna (scenesDeleted)
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Max - Butler
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Krafstein
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Lady Topham (uncredited)
Ricardo Lord Cezon ...
Little Boy (uncredited)
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Railroad Porter (uncredited)
Sally Conlin ...
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D'Arcy Corrigan ...
Traveler (uncredited)
Bonnie Gaye Cowen ...
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De Gautet (uncredited)
Billy Diamond ...
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Ralph Faulkner ...
Bersonin (uncredited)
Billy Finnegan ...
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Johann (uncredited)
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Bishop (uncredited)
Otto Fries ...
Luggage Officer (uncredited)
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Marshal Strakencz (uncredited)
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Passport Officer (uncredited)
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Traveler (uncredited)
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Boyd Irwin ...
Master of Ceremonies (uncredited)
Emmett King ...
Lord High Chamberlain (uncredited)
Isabel La Mal ...
Traveler (uncredited)
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Josef (uncredited)
Ian Maclaren ...
Cardinal (uncredited)
Marilyn Marlin ...
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Dickie Meyers ...
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June Parkes ...
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Court Officer (uncredited)
Russ Powell ...
Traveler (uncredited)
Henry Roquemore ...
Man with Female Traveler (uncredited)
Sam Savitsky ...
Announcer at Grand Ball (uncredited)
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Orchestra Leader (uncredited)
Leslie Sketchley ...
Guard at Lodge (uncredited)
Pat Somerset ...
Guard at Lodge (uncredited)
Count Stefenelli ...
Royal Subject (uncredited)
Jacob Steven ...
Colonel Zapt's Soldier (uncredited)
Ben Webster ...
Lord Topham (uncredited)

Directed by

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John Cromwell
W.S. Van Dyke ... (uncredited) (reshoots)

Written by

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Anthony Hope ... (celebrated novel)
 
John L. Balderston ... (screen play)
 
Edward E. Rose ... (dramatization) (as Edward Rose)
 
Wells Root ... (adaptation)
 
Donald Ogden Stewart ... (additional dialogue)
 
Ben Hecht ... () (uncredited)
 
Sidney Howard ... () (uncredited)

Produced by

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David O. Selznick ... producer

Music by

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Alfred Newman

Cinematography by

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James Wong Howe ... (photography)
Bert Glennon ... (uncredited)

Film Editing by

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James E. Newcom ... film editor

Editorial Department

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Hal C. Kern ... supervising film editor

Art Direction by

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Lyle R. Wheeler ... (as Lyle Wheeler)

Costume Design by

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Ernest Dryden ... (costumes) (as Ernst Dryden)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Fred Spencer ... assistant director (as Frederick A. Spencer)
George Cukor ... director: reshoots (uncredited)
W.S. Van Dyke ... director, fencing sequences (uncredited)

Art Department

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Casey Roberts ... interior decoration

Sound Department

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Oscar Lagerstrom ... recorder

Special Effects by

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Jack Cosgrove ... special effects
John M. Nickolaus ... special effects (uncredited)
Harry Redmond Jr. ... special effects (uncredited)

Stunts

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Fred Cavens ... fencing stunts
Ralph Faulkner ... fencing double (uncredited)
Jean Heremans ... fencing master (uncredited)
Dick Simmons ... stunt double: Ronald Colman (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Eugene Joseff ... costume jeweller (uncredited)

Music Department

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Hugo Friedhofer ... composer: additional music (uncredited) / orchestrator (uncredited)
Alfred Newman ... musical director (uncredited)
Edward B. Powell ... orchestrator (uncredited)

Other crew

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Ivar Enhörning ... technical advisor (as Colonel Ivar Enhorning)
Prince Sigvard Bernadotte ... technical advisor
William H. Wright ... assistant to producer
Russell Birdwell ... publicity chief (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines The most thrilling swordfight ever filmed... See more »
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Also Known As
  • Le prisonnier de Zenda (France)
  • Der Gefangene von Zenda (Germany)
  • El prisionero de Zenda (Spain)
  • Zenda mahkûmlari (Turkey, Turkish title)
  • Узник крепости Зенда (Soviet Union, Russian title)
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Runtime
  • 101 min
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Box Office

Budget $1,250,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia Douglas Fairbanks Jr. initially wanted the double role for himself and actually tested for it. He was devastated when it was awarded to Ronald Colman. Instead he was offered the part of "Rupert of Hentzau" and, according to David O. Selznick, "Nobody else stood a chance!" His father, Douglas Fairbanks convinced his son that it was a blessing in disguise, as it was the best part in the piece, and advised him on billing and costume. See more »
Goofs The sword fight in the castle of Zenda between Coleman and one of the king's guards appears to be with rapiers, however when the fight is picked up again in the outside room the rapiers have become sabers - necessary in order to cut the rope of the drawbridge. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The Swashbucklers (1964). See more »
Soundtracks Artist's Life, Op.316 See more »
Quotes Captain Fritz von Tarlenheim: Fate doesn't always make the right men kings.
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