The Prisoner of Zenda. 1937. USA. Directed by John Cromwell. Screenplay by John L. Balderston. Based on the novel by Anthony Hope. With Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Ronald Colman, Madeleine Carroll. 35mm. 100 min.
In the fictional country of Ruritania, a vacationing Englishman is called upon to impersonate the king when the monarch is kidnapped and drugged by his enemies. Featuring cinematography by the renowned James Wong Howe, The Prisoner of Zenda was added to the National Film Registry in 1991. Its crisscrossing identity-theft story was remade by Richard Thorpe in 1952 with Deborah Kerr and Stewart Granger.