Country United States
|Director Edwin S. PorterHugh Ford|
Release date February 18, 1913 (1913-02-18)
Based on play adaptation of the 1894 novel The Prisoner of Zenda by Edward E. Rice and Anthony Hope respectively
Writer Hugh Ford (scenario), Anthony Hope (novel), Edward E. Rice (play)
The Prisoner of Zenda is a 1913 silent film adaptation of a play by Edward E. Rice, which was in turn based on the 1894 Anthony Hope novel of the same name. It was directed by Edwin S. Porter and Hugh Ford, and starred stage actor James K. Hackett, Beatrice Beckley and David Torrence.
In 1913, Adolph Zukor lured Hackett from the stage to star in a role which Hackett had played in the theater numerous times. Since feature films were in their infancy, Hackett was at first reluctant to take the part, so Zukor tried to convince Hackett in person; as Neal Gabler writes, "When Hackett came to visit Zukor, he was the very picture of the faded matinee idol. He wore a fur-collared coat with frayed sleeves and carried a gold-headed cane".
According to silentera.com, though the film was thought to have been lost, the Library of Congress possesses two paper positive prints and the International Museum of Photography and Film at George Eastman House also has a partial positive print.
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ReferencesThe Prisoner of Zenda (1913 film) Wikipedia
The Prisoner of Zenda (1913 film) IMDb The Prisoner of Zenda (1913 film) themoviedb.org