The Prisoner of Zenda

Synopsis: English trout fisher Rudolf Rassendyll is about the only tourist not coming for the coronation of Central-European King Rudolf V at Strelsau, but happens to be a distant relative and is approached on account of their canning resemblance to stand in for the drunken king, in order to prevent his envious half-brother Michael, who arranged spiking his wine to seize the throne when the reputedly less then dutiful Rudolf stays away. The ceremony goes well, and he gets acquainted with the charming royal bride, related princess Flavia, but afterward the king is found to be abducted; he must continue the charade and once the hiding place, the castle of Zenda, is found is involved in the fight between political parties for control over Rudolf V, his throne and his bride, for which a formidable third candidate, Michael's disloyal co-conspirator Rupert of Hentzau, was waiting in the curtains.
Genre: Adventure
Director(s): Richard Thorpe
Production: MGM
 
IMDB:
7.0
APPROVED
Year:
1952
96 min
245 Views


Passengers will please to descend.

- Papers!

- Flowers.

- Passengers will please to descend.

- Papers from all parts of Europe!

- This way for passport examination, please.

- Paper, mister?

- This way for passport examination.

- Special rates for the coronation.

Special high rates.

"Rudolf Rassendyll, British subject.

Purpose of visit, pleasure."

- What hotel in Strelsau, Mr. Rassendyll?

- I hadn't thought about it.

You better think about it,

if you don't wanna sleep in the park.

In that case, I won't go to Strelsau

until after the coronation.

I've come to your country

for a rest...

...with the intention of

going fishing for trout.

I beg your pardon,

have I said anything I shouldn't?

I know my clothes

are a little conservative...

...but we English always dress as if

we're going to a funeral when on a holiday.

Everything is quite in order.

Thank you for making me feel

so much at home.

- I'll take these. Thanks.

- But your train's going.

I'm going to Strelsau on foot

in my own good time.

- But you'll miss the coronation, sir.

- I make a point of missing coronations.

I hope your trout take as much

interest in me as you do.

I shan't be able

to land them fast enough.

It's a trick of the devil.

Shave him, and he'd be the king.

May I ask your name, sir?

Well, since you've taken the first step

in the acquaintance, gentlemen...

...perhaps you'd give me a lead

in the matter of names.

Well, certainly. This is Colonel Zapt,

and I am called Fritz von Tarlenheim.

We are both in the service

of His Majesty the king.

I'm Rudolf Rassendyll.

I'm here on holiday from England.

I was recently in the service

of Her Majesty the queen.

- Rassendyll?

- How do you do.

- How do you do.

- Rassendyll.

Of course. By heaven,

your face betrays you, sir.

- You know his history, I believe.

- Well, I had heard a rumor or two.

I was hoping that our skeleton

was safe at home in our family cupboard.

Some skeletons

are prodigious travelers, sir.

- Fritz, where are you?

- Here, Your Majesty.

Confound it, I thought

you'd lost yourselves again.

- Who is this gentleman?

- A distant relative of yours, Your Majesty.

Distant? He seems too close for comfort.

That is something for which

you cannot entirely blame me.

Oh, then who shall I blame?

With Your Majesty's permission, I

would suggest the blame lies equally...

...between your

great-great-great-grandfather Rudolf...

...and my

great-great-great-grandmother Amelia.

- I beg your pardon.

- He's right, Your Majesty.

- The man is a Rassendyll from England.

- Rassendyll? England?

Yes, Your Majesty.

Ever since Amelia's time...

...the Elphberg face has cropped out

on one of us every now and then.

Well met, cousin!

Forgive me

if I seemed a little slow...

...but it's a bit early in the day to

see double, even for me. Eh, Zapt?

- What are you doing here, cousin?

- I must admit to being guilty...

...of the same offense

as our mutual ancestor, Your Majesty.

- And what was that?

- Fishing in forbidden waters.

That's very funny. That's funny.

The man has wit.

You must come

to my coronation tomorrow.

I'd give a thousand crowns

for the sight of brother Michael's face...

...when he sees the pair of us.

You shall stay at my hunting lodge.

Tonight, we shall dine you royally.

Our ancestors laid down some good wine

here in the lodge, cousin. Fritz.

They little thought that a bottle or two

was laid down for you.

All in the family. All in the family.

- Cousin Rudolf, I propose a toast.

- Hear, hear.

Another toast.

A toast to...

- Have we anybody left?

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John L. Balderston

John L. Balderston (October 22, 1889, in Philadelphia – March 8, 1954, in Los Angeles) was an American playwright and screenwriter best known for his horror and fantasy scripts. He wrote the plays Berkley Square and Dracula. more…

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