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½ September 23, 2017
OK-ish period piece. Granger and Kerr are both kind of wooden. Mason is the one with a tour de force performance.
May 12, 2017
Perhaps Grangers best movie! Both him and Mason are excellent in the scenes they are together.
½ February 25, 2017
A bit too melodramatic, but still enjoyable.
½ October 26, 2014
skip this see 1937 version
Super Reviewer
½ October 26, 2014
Solid adventure with sumptuous production values.
February 13, 2014
One star for the movie itself, another for Deborah Kerr
½ December 31, 2013
Colourful and entertaining version of the Ruritarian romance--Double play at the court!!
½ November 7, 2011

Damn near, word for word and shot for shot remake...damn near. Nice improvement with the sword play though.
½ June 15, 2011
I don't know why they remade it. It's not bad, but it doesn't improve on the original.
December 20, 2010
James Mason is the real hero of this film which exhibit also a fine production value.
½ November 17, 2010
Kerr turns a thankless role into a tour de force.
Super Reviewer
November 7, 2010
This is a fun and exciting swashbuckling adventure movie. It's good.
April 27, 2010
Haven't seen the film yet...
March 27, 2010
Director Richard Thorpe's vigorous remake of the 1937 "Prisoner of Zenda, itself a remake of the 1922 silent "Prisoner of Zenda," boasts one major advantage over the classic Ronald Colman version, namely, four-time Oscar winning cinematographer Joseph Ruttenberg's dazzling Technicolor photography. Stewart Granger is suitably heroic as the swashbuckling protagonist, and he seems better cast as a leaping and lunging swordsman than Colman. Nothing against Ronald Colman but he seemed a little too old to be playing an athletic protagonist in the spirt of either Douglas Fairbanks, Sir., or Errol Flynn. Meanwhile, James Mason--incredibly enough--doesn't overshadow Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., in the role of amoral Rupert. Mind you, Mason later became a bigger star than both Granger and Fairbanks, but he seems more thuggish. Louis Calhern is just as good as C. Aubrey Smith, but Robert Douglas pales by comparison with Raymond Massey as Michael, Duke of Strelsau. Aside from these quibbles, this "Prisoner of Zenda" is essentially a scene-for-scene remake. If you see this version before you watch the 1937 version, you may prefer it simply because of the vibrant Technicolor. Deborah Kerr is definitely an asset as the Princess Flavia. Interesting, the cleric that presides over Rudolph's coronation was long-time MGM contract player Lewis Stone who played both Rudolph and Rudolf in the 1922 version.
½ January 13, 2010
Some guy, who looks like this other guy, is asked to pretend to be said guy, after another guy teefs the other guy... ooh look at the pretty colours!
August 30, 2009
Lavish sound studio royalty adventure with all the expected trimmings that go with it. It's certainly worth watching for Granger and Mason's fight scene, especially as both were still in their prime.
April 26, 2009
ok remake still like the original
½ December 24, 2008
Not bad, but one of those word-for-word remakes that were popular those days. Could have been much better. I did like James Mason- He brought a freshness to the role.
November 12, 2008
The 1952 version of "The Prisoner of Zenda" is not a bad movie in its own right, but it is still completely unnecessary, being something close to a shot-for-shot remake of the superior 1937 version. The cast is uniformly uninspiring; even though I like James Mason, he is not a good swashbuckler.
August 3, 2008
An almost word for word remake of the 30s production. It looks better and there is more action than its predecessor but the overall acting in the 30s version makes it a better watch.
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