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The Florentine Dagger (1935)

Passed  -  Crime | Drama | Film-Noir  -  30 March 1935 (USA)
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Juan Cesare, a descendant of the Borgia's of Vienna, thinks he may have a murder streak in him acquired from his long-dead relatives, is is love with Florence Ballau, but her father lodges ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Donald Woods ...
Dr. Lytton
Henry O'Neill ...
Victor Ballau
Robert Barrat ...
The Captain
Florence Fair ...
Teresa Holspar- Ballau's Housekeeper
Von Stein - Stage Manager
Charles Judels ...
Salvatore - Hotel Proprietor
Rafaela Ottiano ...
Lili Salvatore
Paul Porcasi ...
Antonio - Italian Policeman
Eily Malyon ...
Frau Fredericka - Mask Maker
Egon Brecher ...
Karl - Lytton's Butler
Herman Bing ...
Henry Kolker ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Walter Bonn ...
Bartender (scenes deleted)


Juan Cesare, a descendant of the Borgia's of Vienna, thinks he may have a murder streak in him acquired from his long-dead relatives, is is love with Florence Ballau, but her father lodges a strong protest. Papa Ballau is later found dead with a Florentine dagger of the Borgia type stuck firmly in him. Juan is all wrought up and tortured by thoughts he may have been the killer. But there is also a disfigured housekeeper on the premises who may or may not have had a motive. Written by Les Adams <>

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30 March 1935 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

O Punhal dos Borgias  »

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Two cast members in studio records/casting call lists did not appear or were not identifiable in the movie. These were (with their character names): William Jeffrey (Editor) and Walter Bonn (Bartender). See more »

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"If there's one thing more useless than a talkative woman it is one that is determined not to talk."
26 July 2014 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Donald Woods plays a descendant of the infamous Borgia family who believes he is predestined for evil. When the father of the girl he loves (Margaret Lindsay) is murdered, Woods worries he might be responsible. I'm a big fan of Margaret Lindsay. She's one of my favorite actresses from this period that doesn't get much recognition and she's the primary reason I watched this. She doesn't have a very juicy part but she makes the most of it. Donald Woods is boxing above his weight class here. The role requires a more theatrical actor I think. Woods is a little too stiff for such a neurotic character. Robert Barrat steals every scene he's in as the police inspector investigating the murder. A minor thing but I liked the use of model trains in a couple of early scenes. It may seem cheap today but I think it adds a quaint charm to the movie. A nice little programmer from WB with a neat ending. A little silly at times but interesting enough to warrant checking out.

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