Following three silent versions (in 1912, 1915, and 1922) and two sound adaptations (1937, 1952) of the Anthony Hope novel, THE PRISONER OF ZENDA was again put before the cameras, this time as a vehicle for the multiple talents of Peter Sellers. The story opens with the death of King
Rudolf IV (Sellers) as a champagne cork punctures the hot air balloon he is riding in. After the fatal plunge, his son (once more Sellers) becomes the rightful heir to the Ruritanian throne. His brother Kemp also wants the crown. By chance a Cockney cab driver (Sellers again) is found to be an
exact double of the future king, so he is employed to fill in the heir's shoes until the coro...