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Prisoner Of Zenda

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Tookey's Rating
8 /10
Average Rating
8.85 /10
Ronald Colman , Douglas Fairbanks Jnr , Madeleine Carroll
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Directed by: John Cromwell
Written by: John Balderston Wills Root, Donald Ogden Stewart from Anthony Hope's novel

Released: 1937
Origin: US
Length: 101


Englishman (Ronald Colman, pictured) is asked to impersonate Ruritanian who has been kidnapped just as he is about to be crowned King.

Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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Classic swashbuckler with Colman at his best in a dual role, and Fairbanks and Massey enjoying themselves as the villains. Highlight is a terrific swordfight between Colman and Fairbanks. This is easily the most entertaining version of the novel, although Cromwell's taste for pomp and ceremony slows the action down too much at times. Lyle Wheeler's handsome art direction and Alfred Newman's score were Oscar-nominated.

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