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Captain Fritz von Tarlenheim (David Niven) stands by as Colonel Zapt (C. Aubrey Smith) has the ear of soon-to-be-crowned King Rudolf - or his English double, Rudolf Rassendyll (Ronald Colman).
Captain Fritz von Tarlenheim (David Niven) stands by as Colonel Zapt (C. Aubrey Smith) has the ear of soon-to-be-crowned King Rudolf - or his English double, Rudolf Rassendyll (Ronald Colman).

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Basic Info Rusty's rating: 78
Notable as: Swashbuckler filmGenre: Adventure Film, Black-and-white, Swashbuckler film, AnimationRuntime: 101 minutesLanguage: EnglishCountry: USA, AustraliaDirector: John Cromwell, W. S. Van DykeScreenwriter: John L. Balderston, Donald Ogden Stewart, Wells RootMusic: Alfred NewmanCinematography: Bert Glennon, James Wong HoweStars: Ronald Colman, Madeleine Carroll, C. Aubrey Smith, Raymond Massey, Mary Astor, David Niven, Douglas Fairbanks Jr, Lewis Stone, Montagu Love, Al Shean Producer: David O. SelznickAwards won: National Film RegistryAward nominations: Academy Award for Best Production Design
Academy Award for Best Score, Adaptation or Treatment (Alfred Newman)
Award details: (details at IMDb)
Description

The Prisoner of Zenda is a 1937 black-and-white adventure film based on the Anthony Hope 1894 novel of the same name and the 1896 play. Of the many film adaptations, this is considered by many to be the definitive version. The 1937 film starred Ronald Colman, Madeleine Carroll and Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., with a supporting cast including C. Aubrey Smith, Raymond Massey, Mary Astor and David Niven. It was directed by John Cromwell, produced by David O. Selznick for Selznick International Pictures, and distributed by United Artists. The screenplay was written by John L. Balderston, adapted by Wells Root from the novel, with dramatisation by Edward Rose; Donald Ogden Stewart was responsible for additional dialogue, and Ben Hecht and Sidney Howard made uncredited contributions. It was nominated for Academy Awards for Best Art Direction and Original Music Score, Alfred Newman's first Oscar nomination. He would go on to receive an additional 44 nominations. In 1991, the film was deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" by the United States Library of Congress and selected for preservation in its National Film Registry.


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