The Prisoner of Zenda (1913)

Adventure | 18 February 1913

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HISTORY

Edward E. Rice wrote a play of the same title based on Hawkins' novel and first produced by Daniel Frohman on 4 Sep 1895. James K. Hackett appeared in the play beginning 10 Feb 1896 in the dual role that he recreated in the 1913 film. Modern sources credit Hugh Ford as the scenarist and co-director of the film. Walter Hale may actually have been Alan Hale, and C. R. Randall may have been William R. Randall. Beatrice Beckly was married to James K. Hackett. The Prisoner of Zenda was re-made in 1922 by Rex Ingram for Metro, starring Lewis Stone (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30 ; F2.4356), and in 1937 by David O. Selznick, directed by John Cromwell and starring Ronald Colman. M-G-M made a version directed by Richard Thorpe in 1952 starring Stewart Granger, and Richard Quine directed a comic version starring Peter Sellers in ... More Less

Edward E. Rice wrote a play of the same title based on Hawkins' novel and first produced by Daniel Frohman on 4 Sep 1895. James K. Hackett appeared in the play beginning 10 Feb 1896 in the dual role that he recreated in the 1913 film. Modern sources credit Hugh Ford as the scenarist and co-director of the film. Walter Hale may actually have been Alan Hale, and C. R. Randall may have been William R. Randall. Beatrice Beckly was married to James K. Hackett. The Prisoner of Zenda was re-made in 1922 by Rex Ingram for Metro, starring Lewis Stone (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30 ; F2.4356), and in 1937 by David O. Selznick, directed by John Cromwell and starring Ronald Colman. M-G-M made a version directed by Richard Thorpe in 1952 starring Stewart Granger, and Richard Quine directed a comic version starring Peter Sellers in 1979. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Motog
15 Mar 13
p. 213.
Motog
19 Apr 13
p. 274.
MPN
22 Feb 13
p. 16.
MPW
6 Jan 15
p. 33.
MPW
1 Feb 13
p. 477.
MPW
1 Mar 13
pp. 871-72.
DETAILS
Release Date:
18 February 1913
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
4
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

The evil Duke "Black" Michael, mad with jealousy over the engagement of his cousin, the intemperate King Rudolf of Ruritania, to the beautiful Princess Flavia, plots to prevent the King's coronation and secure both the throne and the Princess for himself. Having invited the King to his hunting lodge at Zenda, Black Michael renders his cousin senseless with a bottle of drugged wine, but Colonel Sapt and Fritz von Tarlenheim save the day by convincing the King's English relative, Rudolf Rassendyll, to impersonate the monarch. Although Rudolf bears an astonishing resemblance to the King, Princess Flavia recognizes the deception immediately and soon falls in love with the charming impostor. Following the coronation, the conscience-stricken Rudolf journeys to Zenda, where, after fighting with the treacherous Rupert of Hentzau, he frees the King and then prepares to depart for London. Rupert murders Black Michael, after which Flavia bids farewell to the man she loves and loyally marries the ... +


The evil Duke "Black" Michael, mad with jealousy over the engagement of his cousin, the intemperate King Rudolf of Ruritania, to the beautiful Princess Flavia, plots to prevent the King's coronation and secure both the throne and the Princess for himself. Having invited the King to his hunting lodge at Zenda, Black Michael renders his cousin senseless with a bottle of drugged wine, but Colonel Sapt and Fritz von Tarlenheim save the day by convincing the King's English relative, Rudolf Rassendyll, to impersonate the monarch. Although Rudolf bears an astonishing resemblance to the King, Princess Flavia recognizes the deception immediately and soon falls in love with the charming impostor. Following the coronation, the conscience-stricken Rudolf journeys to Zenda, where, after fighting with the treacherous Rupert of Hentzau, he frees the King and then prepares to depart for London. Rupert murders Black Michael, after which Flavia bids farewell to the man she loves and loyally marries the King. +

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