Shadow of the Eagle

Shadow of the Eagle

Sidney Salkow (1950)

U Certificate


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.


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