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The Prisoner of Zenda (1922)
Rudolf V, the King of Ruritania, has been kidnapped by Black Michael, his evil half-brother, and locked in the dungeon of the fortress of Zenda on the eve of his coronation.
By a wild twist of fate, it falls upon a look alike distant cousin, the Englishman Rassendyll, to impersonate the king and effect his rescue before either one or both of them are killed by Black Michael or his henchman, Rupert of Hentzau.
With two beautiful women complicating matters, and danger lurking at every turn, how can THE PRISONER OF ZENDA possibly be saved?
Lewis Stone ... Rudolf Rassendyll / King Rudolf
Alice Terry ... Princess Flavia
Robert Edeson ... Colonel Sapt
Stuart Holmes ... Grand Duke 'Black' Michael
Ramon Novarro ... Rupert of Hentzau (as Ramon Samaniegos)
Barbara La Marr ... Antoinette de Mauban
Malcolm McGregor ... Captain Fritz von Tarlenheim
Edward Connelly ... Marshal von Strakencz
Lois Lee ... Countess Helga
It is unfortunate that this fine silent film is completely overshadowed by its 1937 talkie remake starring Ronald Colman. It is also unfair. Silent films & talkies are two different art forms and should not be put into competition against each other. Each art form is perfect in its own way. And so it is with the 1922 PRISONER OF ZENDA. Excitingly produced, with excellent production values & good acting, this movie stands on its own merits and on its own feet.
Those familiar with Lewis Stone only as a fine character actor during his talkie career at MGM may be surprised to see him here as a romantic lead, and in a swashbuckler no less. But he is very good in his dual roles of Rudolf & Rassendyll. Strangely, at times he closely resembles Colman, but this is a coincidence no one could anticipate.
The film is a little slow moving and is recommended only to die-hard silent fans.
# 'Anthony Hope' also collaborated with Edward E. Rose for a play, "The Prisoner of Zenda", which opened in New York City, New York, USA on 4 September 1895.
# A musical version of the novel, called "Princess Flavia," opened in New York City, New York, USA on 2 November 1925 and had 153 performances. The music was by Sigmund Romberg, and Douglass Dumbrille was in the cast.