I'm just going to come out and say it. I love "pulp" fiction. I love adventure stories. The kind that were produced in prodigious quantities in the 30's and 40's. The Prisoner of Zenda is one such story. It has everything it should have. A handsome and strong hero who puts honor and duty ahead of personal interest. A beautiful woman worth fighting for. A dastardly villain we can hate and his even more reprehensible henchman. It has gun fights. It has daring rescues and narrow escapes. It has one of the finest sword duels I have ever seen. The technicolor pops right off the screen. You can't help but like the hero and his allies and hate his foes. A great performance is also turned in by James Mason as Fritz von Tarlenheim. One of those villains that just steals every scene he's in.
Netflix Status: DVD only.