John L. Balderston (screenplay)
Donald Ogden Stewart (additional dialogue)
Ben Hecht (uncredited)
Sidney Howard (uncredited) Starring Ronald Colman
C. Aubrey Smith
Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. Music by Alfred Newman Cinematography James Wong Howe
Bert Glennon Editing by James E. Newcom Distributed by United Artists Release date September 2, 1937 Running time 101 minutes Country United States Language English
This is a really great adventure film to watch. Probably almost as good as The Adventures Of Robin Hood which came out a year or so layer, although it’s action scenes don’t really come until the climax of the film.
Ronald Coleman stars in the dual role of Rudolf Rassendyll and King Rudolf. His performance from this film was memorably parodied by Don Adams in a couple of Get Smart episodes in the 60s, and I must say that Don was very accurate with his interpretation.
I think that the real stand out performance is that by Douglas Fairbanks Jr. as the villainous Duke Rupert of Hentzau. He is very charming and likable but evil at the same time. David Niven is also in this film in an early role, but he really doesn’t do very much.
All in all this is a great film which they don’t make any more.
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