The Prisoner of Zenda

The Prisoner of Zenda

Director: Richard Thorpe Cast: Stewart Granger, Deborah Kerr, James Mason


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Mistaken identity and underhanded dealings set the stage for this 1952 adventure film based on Anthony Hope's classic novel, The Prisoner of Zenda. Rudolph Rassendyll (Stewart Granger) is a British tourist visiting the nation of Ruritania in the Balkans. A number of people comment upon Rassendyll's remarkable resemblance to Prince Rudolph, who in a matter of days is to be crowned the nation's new king, and the prince's staff even arranges a meeting between the two men. But Rupert (James Mason), Rudolph's devious brother, believes it is he who should be the king, and he arranges for Prince Rudolph to be poisoned the night before his coronation. Desperate, Rudolph's minders beg Rassendyll to participate in the ceremony in Rudolph's place so that Rupert cannot take the throne. Rassendyll agrees, and the ceremony goes off without a hitch, but when Rupert's men discover this subterfuge, they imprison the real Prince as they threaten to reveal the secret of the new "king." Rassendyll's dilemma is compounded when he finds himself falling in love with Princess Flavia (Deborah Kerr), Rudolph's intended. This was the fourth screen adaptation of The Prisoner of Zenda; a fifth, which focused on the tale's comic possibilities, starred Peter Sellers and was released in 1979.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/13/2007
UPC: 4897007031078
Original Release: 1952
Source: Imports
Sales rank: 20,152

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
James Stewart Rudolf Rassendyll/King Rudolf V
Deborah Kerr Princess Flavia
James Mason Rupert of Hentzau
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
Guy Bellis Lord Chamberlain
Mary Carroll German Wife
Frank Elliott Actor
John W. Goldsworthy Archbishop
Thomas Brown Henry Detchard
George Lewis Actor
Doris Lloyd Ambassador's Wife
Stanley Logan British Ambassador
Peter Mamakos De Gautet
Paul Marion Guard
Alphonse Martell Actor
Joseph Mell R.R. Guard
Forbes Murray Nobleman with Cardinal
Manuel Paris Nobleman
Bruce Payne Court Chamberlain
Alex Pope Husband
Hugh Prosser Uhlan Guard
Gordon Richards Dignitary
Steve Roberts Lauengram
Victor Romito Aide
Elizabeth Slifer Woman
George Slocum Sandwich Vendor
Michael Vallon Assistant Passport Official
Peter J. Votrian Newsboy
Charles Watts Porter
Jay Adler Customs officer (uncredited)
Eric Alden Krafstein
Kathleen Freeman Gertrude
Bud Wolfe Bersonin

Technical Credits
Richard Thorpe Director
John L. Balderston Screenwriter
Pandro S. Berman Producer
George Boemler Editor
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Noel Langley Screenwriter
Warren Newcombe Special Effects
Alfred Newman Score Composer
Richard A. Pefferle Set Decoration/Design
Hans Peters Art Director
Walter Plunkett Costumes/Costume Designer
Wells Root Screenwriter
Joseph Ruttenberg Cinematographer
Conrad Salinger Score Composer
Sid Sidman Asst. Director
William J. Tuttle Makeup
Edwin B. Willis Set Decoration/Design

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