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Rare excellent remake
This is a verbatim remake of the 1937 Ronald Colman / Madeline Carrol version; even the musical score is the same. The only difference is that this version is in lovely color. That being said, both are worth watching. I think the 1937 version slightly better, but both are great. The casting of the charming and dashing villain - Douglas Fairbanks in 1937 and James Mason in 1952 is masterful. You expect great care in the choice of the star-hero, and both Colman and Granger were wonderful choices, but, when the "bad guy" is so great ... it makes the movie. Watch one - watch both; sometimes they are run back to back. Interesting catch phrases, including an early, possibly the first, uttering of "My work here is done." Fabulously enjoyable.
well done but, why was it done ?
This is a pretty faithful version of Anthony Hope's novel, complete with gorgeous costumes and lovely music. But, it is, word for word, a totally faithful copy of the Ronald Colman version from the 1930's with the addition of color. It is a beautiful film and, if you are fortunate enough to be have the time to watch both this and the original, do so. If you can only find the time to watch one, watch the 1937 Ronald Colman film. Stewart Granger is very good; Ronald Colman is great.
Another enjoyable version of Prisoner of Zenda
- Jim Smith
Both the 1937 version (Coleman/Carroll) and the 52 version (Granger/Kerr) are very entertaining. The 1937 version in black and white and the 52 version in color.
The Prisoner of Zenda
- David Norburg
Stewart Granger aside, this is one of my favorite James Mason movies. Frankly, he and his tailor steal every scene.
A New Swashbuckler is Born.
- Frank Harris Horn
Stewart Granger takes his place along side Errol Flynn and Douglas Fairbanks as the next swashbuckling hero in the motion picture industry as he stars in the fourth re-telling of Anthony Hope's 1894 classic novel. Granger takes a dual role as a travelling Englishman, who impersonates his twin cousin, the King of Ruritanium, and James Mason also stars as his wicked half-brother, Michael, who is planning to assassinate the king and seize the throne for himself. Both Granger and Mason give excellent performances as the King and his look-alike cousin and the evil half-brother conspiring to kill him. The sword-fight scene between the two actors is almost as good as that of Errol Flynn and Basil Rathbone in "The Adventures of Robin Hood". Never mind what Leonard Maltin says in his movie guide, any screen version of Hope's novel is equally enjoyable. Also starring Deborah Kerr, Louis Calhern, Robert Douglas, Jane Greer, Robert Coote, Lewis Stone, Peter Brocco, Kathleen Freeman & Francis Pierlot.
The Prisoner of Zenda is a "must-see" movie.
- Linda Sachs
This film is a gem - interesting story; beautifully filmed with excellent actors & actresses; lovely soundtrack with a memorable love theme. This was one of Stewart Granger's best and a "must-watch" for anyone who enjoys a good adventure/love story with just the right amount of "swashbuckling".
MY children and I love to watch this movie because it is so much fun. We want to see it on DVD soon.
Great movie, ,and yes its' on home video VHS ONLY I'm afraid, but is worth watching ......Angela
My husband and I both like this movie. We have seen it a couple of times and enjoy every opportunity to watch it when it is on TCM. I feel it is an enjoyable movie with drama and romance. Of course Deborah Kerr and Stewart Granger are great together as you feel the passion their characters show toward each other. A must see Movie!!