The best way I can describe “The Prisoner of Zenda” is that it is “The Prince and the Pauper” as a 1930s action/adventure piece in the same style as “The Adventures of Robin Hood.” Though while I say it has action, it really has just one big action piece during the climax and the rest is a lot of posturing and scowling. The film doesn’t even take full advantage of a regular guy becoming a king, since everyone buys the act without a second thought. The film is straight-forward and has very little going for it outside of the climax, which is your typical swash-buckling affair but with a lot of props thrown in for good measure. Not the most fun 1930s adventure movie, but gets pretty exciting when it wants to.
Final Grade: C