The Prisoner of Zenda
B&W : Four reels
Directed by Edwin S. Porter
Cast: James K. Hackett [Rudolf Rassendy; and King Rudolf of Ruritania], Beatrice Beckley [Princess Flavia], David Torrence [Duke ‘Black’ Michael], Frazer Coulter [Colonel Sapt], C.R. Randall [Fritz von Tarlenheim], Walter Hale [Rupert of Hentzau], Mina Gale Haines [Antoinette de Mauban], Tom Callahan, Frank Shannon
Famous Players Film Company production; distributed on State Rights basis. / Produced by Albert W. Hale. From the play adaptation The Prisoner of Zenda by Edward E. Rice of the novel The Prisoner of Zenda by Anthony Hope (Anthony Hope Hawkins) and Edward E. Rice. Art direction by Richard Murphy. Music score by Joseph Carl Breil. / Released 18 February 1913. / Standard 35mm spherical 1.37:1 format. / This was the first film produced by Famous Players to be released, but was shot after The Count of Monte Cristo (1913). [?] C.R. Randall may have been William R. Randall and Walter Hale may have been Alan Hale. Beckley was Hackett’s wife. All prints are believed to have been destroyed in a Paramount studio fire. [?] O’Leary-Silent credits Hugh Ford with the direction. [?] Other modern sources also credit Hugh Ford with the scenario.
Synopsis: Synopsis available in AFI-F1 n. F1.3571.
Survival status: Prints exist in the Library of Congress film archive (paper print collection) [35mm paper positive, 16mm preservation positive]; and in the International Museum of Photography and Film at George Eastman House film archive [35mm positive (fragments missing, continuity out-of-order)].
Current rights holder: Public domain.
Keywords: Imposture - Royalty
Listing updated: 15 March 2008.
References: AFI-F1 nn. F1.0810, F1.3571; Bardèche-History p. 66; Blum-Silent pp. 35, 37; Carroll-Matinee p. 77; Everson-American p. 58; Fell-History pp. 47, 50; Leyda-Before p. 61; Limbacher-Feature p. 194; Quirk-Colman p. 192; Robertson-Guinness p. 7; Robinson-Palace p. 144; Sinyard-Silent p. 16; Sklar-Movie pp. 27, 44, 55; Smith-Colman p. 200; Tarbox-Lost p. 142 : with additional information provided by Philip Carli.