To tell you the truth - I really didn't care a whole lot for either of the 2 versions of "The Prisoner of Zenda" that were featured on this double-bill disc.
With both the 1937 and the 1952 versions of Anthony Hope's 1894 novel - I was certainly expecting to be entertained by plenty of swashbuckling action. I really was.
But, as it turned out - I felt that I got royally gypped twice in a row with these 2.
I found that both of these expensive, period, costume dramas were all just a whole lot of needless and stuffy pomp and pageantry and really nothing more than that.
Anyway - You may find that you enjoy these 2 films more than I did. And, I hope that you do.
This DVD has both the 1937 version and the 1952 version on alternate sides of the disk. The 1937 version is first rate. I couldn't get through much of the 1952 version, in spite of the lavish Technicolor, because the portrayals of the leading characters seemed flat in comparison to the earlier version.
My rating is for the 1937 version, the finest ever made of Anthony Hope's classic tale. Handsomely mounted production with a perfect cast ... Ronald Colman (in a dual role) is the dashing hero and Madeleine Carroll makes a picture-book heroine. Even the supporting players are first-rate, with a lineup including David Niven, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Mary Astor, and C. Aubrey Smith. Rousing fun!
"Prisoner of Zenda" is a great movie for Ronald Coleman., who at one time was one of Hollywood's biggest stars. Not only handsome he could really act. His sword fights were spectacular. A list of Ronald Colman movies would come up with some of the finest films Hollywood ever produced. For instance, he was in "Lost Horizon", "Beau Geste" and "A Tale of Two Cities". All of these would be wonderful movies to look up if you haven't seen them yet.
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