The Prisoner of Zenda (1937 & 1952 versions)

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Overview

Ronald Colman stars in David O. Selznick's classic 1937 production of Anthony Hope's swashbuckling adventure, The Prisoner of Zenda. The film takes place in a mythical Central European kingdom with Colman in a dual role as King Rudolf V and Rudolph Rassendyl, a visitor from England who's a distant cousin to the prince. Arriving in the city of Strelsau, the inhabitants are startled by Rudolph's resemblance to the prince. Spotted by two of the prince's aides, Captain Fritz von Tarlenheim David Niven and Colonel ...
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Overview

Ronald Colman stars in David O. Selznick's classic 1937 production of Anthony Hope's swashbuckling adventure, The Prisoner of Zenda. The film takes place in a mythical Central European kingdom with Colman in a dual role as King Rudolf V and Rudolph Rassendyl, a visitor from England who's a distant cousin to the prince. Arriving in the city of Strelsau, the inhabitants are startled by Rudolph's resemblance to the prince. Spotted by two of the prince's aides, Captain Fritz von Tarlenheim David Niven and Colonel Zapt C. Aubrey Smith, the Englishman is taken to meet the prince at his hunting lodge. The two lookalikes have dinner together as the prince tells Rudolph of the preparations for his upcoming coronation as king. The next morning, Zapt wakes Rudolph and informs him the prince had been drugged the night before and is now in a coma. Because of their similar appearance, Zapt prevails upon Rudolph to impersonate the prince at the coronation, otherwise the prince's evil brother Black Michael Raymond Massey will be crowned in his place. With the assistant of Zapt and von Tarlenheim, Rudolph bluffs his way through the coronation, successfully fooling Michael, who is shocked to see his brother alive. Crowned king, Rudolph then meets Princess Flavia Madeleine Carroll, the prince's fiancee. As they proceed to the reception, Princess Flavia is amazed how kindly the prince is now treating her. Rudolph is falling in love with her, but Michael suspects something foul and dispatches Rupert of Hentzau Douglas Fairbanks Jr. to investigate the matter further, preparing to gain control of the throne at any cost.
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Special Features

1937: Pete Smith Specialty short Penny Wisdom; 1937: Cartoon The Wayward Pups; 1937: Audio-only bonus radio adaptation with Ronald Colman; 1952: FitzPatrick Traveltalk short Land of the Taj Mahal; 1952: OscarĀ®-winning cartoon Johann Mouse; 1952: 1952 theatrical trailer
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/6/2007
  • UPC: 012569795082
  • Rating:

  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame
  • Presentation: Subtitled / Full Frame
  • Time: 3:21:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 22,815

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ronald Colman Major Rudolf Rassendyll/King Rudolf V
Stewart Granger Rudolf Rassendyll/King Rudolf V
Douglas Fairbanks Jr. Rupert of Hentzau
James Mason Rupert of Hentzau
Deborah Kerr Princess Flavia
Madeleine Carroll Princess Flavia
Technical Credits
John Cromwell Director
Richard Thorpe Director
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Scene Index

Disc #1, Side A -- The Prisoner of Zenda (1937)
1. Credits [1:59]
2. Royal Resemblance [3:05]
3. All in the Family [3:04]
4. Night of Drinking [4:53]
5. King for a Day [3:54]
6. Wine Cellar Storage [2:51]
7. Impertinent Rupert [5:16]
8. Crowning Moment [6:10]
9. Princess Flavia [3:38]
10. Let Michael Wait [3:25]
11. How Much Your Life Means [2:55]
12. Missing Monarch [3:24]
13. Feeling About My King [2:08]
14. Royal Ball [4:11]
15. Bad Timing [2:56]
16. Declarations of Love [3:56]
17. King's Ransom [2:29]
18. Meeting Antoinette [4:57]
19. If I Shouldn't Return [3:28]
20. Rupert's Proposal [4:23]
21. Perhaps Die Like a King [2:43]
22. Man for the Task [2:59]
23. Inside Zenda Castle [4:48]
24. Death for Michael [2:27]
25. Haggling With Hentzau [4:30]
26. Last Fencing Lesson [3:35]
27. Always in My Heart [5:35]
28. Goodbye, Englishman [:49]
Disc #1, Side B -- The Prisoner of Zenda (1952)
1. Credits [1:49]
2. Royal Resemblance [2:05]
3. All in the Family [2:54]
4. Night of Drinking [4:53]
5. King for a Day [3:26]
6. Wine Cellar Storage [3:02]
7. Impertinent Rupert [5:59]
8. Crowning Moment [5:29]
9. Princess Flavia [3:30]
10. Let Michael Wait [3:21]
11. How Much Your Life Means [3:18]
12. Missing Monarch [3:14]
13. Feeling About My King [1:53]
14. Royal Ball [4:25]
15. Bad Timing [2:53]
16. Declarations of Love [3:34]
17. King's Ransom [2:04]
18. Meeting Antoinette [6:01]
19. If I Shouldn't Return [3:02]
20. Rupert's Proposal [4:11]
21. Perhaps Die Like a King [3:27]
22. Man for the Task [3:52]
23. Inside Zenda Castle [2:40]
24. Death for Michael [2:57]
25. Haggling With Hentzau [4:17]
26. Last Fencing Lesson [5:10]
27. Always in My Heart [5:29]
28. Cast List [1:10]
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Menu

Disc #1, Side A -- The Prisoner of Zenda (1937)
   Play Movie
   Scene Selections
   Special Features
      Penny Wisdom
      The Wayward Pups
      2/20/1949 Screen Directors Guild Broadcast
   Languages
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Off
Disc #1, Side B -- The Prisoner of Zenda (1952)
   Play Movie
   Scene Selections
   Special Features
      Land of the Taj Mahal
      Johann Mouse
      Theatrical Trailer
   Languages
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Off
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