The Prisoner of Zenda Overview:

The Prisoner of Zenda (1937) was a Adventure - Drama Film directed by W.S. Van Dyke and John Cromwell and produced by David O. Selznick.

The Prisoner of Zenda was inducted into the National Film Registry in 1991.

Academy Awards 1937 --- Ceremony Number 10 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best Art DirectionLyle WheelerNominated
Best Music - ScoringSelznick International Pictures Music Department, Alfred Newman, musical director (Score by Alfred Nominated
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The Prisoner of Zenda (1937)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Sep 15, 2018 From 4 Star Films

It’s the curse of a childhood watching too many reruns of Get Smart but I can’t seem to get Don Adam’s impersonation of Ronald Colman out of my head while watching The Prisoner of Zenda. There are worse curses to be stricken with though I suppose. This classic adaptation of Anthony... Read full article


O Prisioneiro de Zenda / The Prisoner of Zenda (1937)

By L? on Jul 13, 2017 From Critica Retro

O Prisioneiro de Zenda / The Prisoner of Zenda (1937) A “vis?o dupla” ? uma das t?cnicas mais ricas, mais exploradas e mais comentadas na m?dia filmada. At? hoje, quando um ator interpreta dois pap?is em um s? filme ou programa de TV, ? gerada uma curiosidade e surgem alguns artig... Read full article


The Prisoner of Zenda ( 1952 )

By The Metzinger Sisters on Nov 9, 2015 From Silver Scenes - A Blog for Classic Film Lovers

Movies Silently is hosting the great Swashathon celebrating sword-wielding heroes and the films that featured them dating from the 1920s through the 1960s. The 1937 Ronald Colman classic The Prisoner of Zenda is often considered the definitive film adaptation of Anthony Hope's novel of the same na... Read full article


The Prisoner of Zenda ( 1952 )

By The Metzinger Sisters on Nov 9, 2015 From Silver Scenes - A Blog for Classic Film Lovers

Movies Silently is currently hosting the great Swashathon celebrating sword-wielding heroes and the films that featured them dating from the 1920s through the 1960s. This post is our contribution to the event. The 1937 Ronald Colman classic The Prisoner of Zenda is often considered the definitive ... Read full article


The Prisoner of Zenda ( 1952 )

By The Metzinger Sisters on Nov 9, 2015 From Silver Scenes - A Blog for Classic Film Lovers

Movies Silently is currently hosting the great Swashathon celebrating sword-wielding heroes and the films that featured them dating from the 1920s through the 1960s. This post is our contribution to the event. The 1937 Ronald Colman classic The Prisoner of Zenda is often considered the definitive ... Read full article


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Quotes from

Rupert of Hentzau: Someone once called fidelity a fading woman's greatest defense and a charming woman's greatest hypocrisy. And you're very charming. And Michael's very busy and likely to be more so.


Captain Fritz von Tarlenheim: Fate doesn't always make the right men kings.


Princess Flavia: In my heart there is no King, no crown - only you!


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Facts about

George MacDonald Fraser's novel "Royal Flash" (and the 1975 film written by Fraser and directed by Richard Lester), one of a series of memoirs of the fictional dashing and heroic Sir Harry Flashman (who reveals himself to be a complete bounder, coward and liar), tells of Flashman's involvement (through the malice of Bismarck and Lola Montez) in the Schleswig-Holstein question, since Flashman is the double of a minor Danish nobleman who is to wed a German Baroness, etc.In the book, after barely surviving the adventure, Flashman comes home to London and tells the story (in a way that makes himself look dashing and heroic and noble) to his solicitor, an aspiring author named Anthony Hope (the author of the novel, "Prisoner of Zenda").
Fay Wray screen-tested for the role of Princess Flavia. Color footage of this - apparently Douglas Fairbanks Jr.'s home movies - survives in the Motion Picture Academy's archive.
MGM planned to make a musical version with Nelson Eddy and Jeanette MacDonald, with music by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart, but it was never produced.
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The Prisoner of Zenda

Released 1937
Inducted 1991
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Also directed by John Cromwell




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