Shadow of the Eagle

Shadow of the Eagle

Sidney Salkow (1950)

95min
U Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Something of a comedown for David Lean's longtime producer Anthony Havelock-Allan, this is typical of the clutch of second-rate swashbucklers made by Sidney Salkow during a mid-career crisis that saw him switch from lively detective thrillers to B-westerns. It's certainly a shadow of the kind of picture he could have made on the same budget had he stayed in Hollywood. The grim monochrome doesn't help conjure up the grandeur of 18th-century Venice, but it is Salkow's pedestrian direction that prevents us becoming caught in the web of intrigue surrounding Russian diplomat Richard Greene and intended royal kidnap victim Valentina Cortese.

Summary

A Russian nobleman is set to Venice by Catherine the Great to kidnap a rival princess, only to fall in love with her. Historical drama, with Richard Greene and Valentina Cortese.

Cast & Crew

Count Alexei Orloff Richard Greene
Elizabeth, Princess Tarakanova Valentina Cortese
Catherine the Great Binnie Barnes
Director Sidney Salkow

Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: Valiant Films Ltd
Drama