The Prisoner of Zenda

  • Film
  • Period and swashbuckler films
Lush but rather leaden remake of Anthony Hope's Ruritanian romance, establishing some sort of continuity by casting Lewis Stone, star of the 1922 version, in a supporting role as the Cardinal. Entertaining enough, though Granger is merely competent by comparison with Colman in the 1937 version, and Thorpe hasn't a tenth of Cromwell's style. Mason, though basically miscast, runs away with the acting honours as a Teutonically villainous Rupert of Hentzau, and Joseph Ruttenberg contributes some attractive Technicolor camerawork.

Release details

Duration: 100 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Richard Thorpe
Screenwriter: Noel Langley, John L Balderston
Cast: James Mason
Lewis Stone
Robert Douglas
Robert Coote
Jane Greer
Louis Calhern
Deborah Kerr
Stewart Granger
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