The Prisoner of Zenda (1913 film)

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.[1]

The Prisoner of Zenda
Directed byEdwin S. Porter
Hugh Ford
Produced byAlbert W. Hale
Adolph Zukor
Written byHugh Ford
Based onThe Prisoner of Zenda
1894 novel
by Edward E. Rice
Anthony Hope
StarringJames K. Hackett
Beatrice Beckley
David Torrence
Music byJoseph Carl Breil (accompaniment)
Distributed byState Rights
Release date
  • February 18, 1913 (1913-02-18)
Running time
Four or five reels
CountryUnited States

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".[2]

According to, 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.[1]


  • James K. Hackett as Rudolf Rassendyll / King Rudolf of Ruritania
  • Beatrice Beckley as Princess Flavia
  • David Torrence as Michael, Duke of Strelsau
  • Fraser Coalter as Colonel Sapt (as Frazer Coulter)
  • William R. Randall as Fritz von Tarlenheim (as C. R. Randall)
  • Walter Hale as Rupert of Hentzau
  • Frank Shannon as Detchard
  • Minna Gale as Antoinette de Mauban (as Mina Gale Haines)
  • Charles Green as Johann
  • Tom Callahan as Josef
  • Sidney Barrington as Marshal Strakencz

See also


  1. "The Prisoner of Zenda (1913)". Retrieved May 31, 2014.
  2. Gabler, Neal (1988). An Empire of Their Own. New York, NY: Doubleday. p. 31.
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