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The Prisoner of Zenda

The Prisoner of Zenda(1937)

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  • MGM planned to make a musical version with Nelson Eddy and Jeanette MacDonald, and with music by 'Rodgers, Richard' and Lorenz Hart, but it was never produced.
  • As a publicity stunt, publicity chief Russell Birdwell flew from Zenda, Ontario, Canada (named for the fictional kingdom) along with 12 residents, to the New York world premiere. He also had the mayor of Los Angeles start a fencing tournament.
  • The play made from the novel opened in London on 7 January 1896.
  • This film was selected to the National Film Registry, Library of Congress, in 1991.
  • When Mary Astor leaves the dungeon after caring for the imprisoned king, Rupert bows to her and quotes a poem. It's an abbreviated version from Sir Walter Scott. "O woman! in our hours of ease Uncertain, coy, and hard to please, And variable as the shade By the light quivering aspen made; When pain and anguish wring the brow, A ministering angel thou!"

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