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The Prisoner of Zenda Details

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This epic-scale silent adaptation of the popular novel by Anthony Hope concerns Rudolph (Lewis S. Stone), a member of the royal family of Ruritania who is about to be crowned King. However, his conniving and ill-tempered brother has designs on the throne, and he drugs his sibling shortly before his coronation. Rudolph's allies find a British tourist who bears a striking resemblance to the would-be king, Rudolph Rassendyll (also played by Stone). They persuade the visitor to pose as Rudolph during the coronation to prevent the brother from usurping the crown. When the brother's henchmen discover that the Englishman is posing as Rudolph, they lock the real monarch away in a dungeon and attempt to expose the false king before he can be given the crown. The Prisoner of Zenda was directed by Rex Ingram, one of the most important directors of the American silent cinema, and co-starred Alice Terry as Princess Flavia and Robert Edeson as Colonel Sapt. The story was previously filmed in 1915, and would enjoy three more remakes during the sound era. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast

Lewis Stone
as Rudolf Rassendyll/King Rudolf
Robert Edeson
as Col. Sapt
Stuart Holmes
as Duke "Black" Michael
Barbara La Marr
as Antoinette de Mauban
Edward Connelly
as Marshal von Strakencz
Ramon Novarro
as Rupert of Hentzau
Snitz Edwards

Crew

Rex Ingram
Director
Rex Ingram
Producer
Edward Rose
Book Author
Anthony Hope
Book Author
John F. Seitz
Cinematographer
Grant Whytock
Editor
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