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The Prisoner of Zenda (1952)

Approved | | Adventure | 14 November 1952 (USA)
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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.

Director:

Richard Thorpe

Writers:

John L. Balderston (screenplay), Noel Langley (screenplay) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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 Francis Pierlot ... Josef
James Mason ... Rupert of Hentzau
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Storyline

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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A Swashbuckling Adventure In The Grand Style!

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Adventure

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 November 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Gefangene von Zenda See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,708,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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

The chamberlain, announcing the ball from the staircase as it is about to begin, is seen to change position in alternate shots, from the center of the stairs, to the side, back to the center, etc. See more »

Quotes

Rudolf Rassendyll: [having difficulty putting on the King's ring] I hope the crown's a better fit.
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Crazy Credits

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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This Film is a Blast!
22 November 2003 | by builder6See 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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