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W.S. Van Dyke
In 1865, General Gurko Lanen is dictator of "Lichtenburg" in the Balkans. Rightful ruler Zona hopes to get aid from Napoleon III of France. The visiting Count of Monte Cristo falls for Zona and undertakes to help her, masquerading as a foppish banker and a masked freedom fighter. The rest is rapid-fire intrigue and derring-do. Written by
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Thirteen years after making this film, in which he played the villainous ruler of a fictitious country called "Lichtenburg" (an obvious combination of the real-life small countries Lichtenstein and Luxemburg), George Sanders played a sympathetic role in the musical "Call Me Madam," also set in "Lichtenburg." See more »
Montecristo sequel with great loads of action and adventures
This swashbuckler is developed in Europe on the epoch of Napoleon III empire .The Balkanes,steeped in the ancient traditions of romance and chivalry, people hold unswerving loyalty to the throne on which now sits the young great Duchess Zona(Joan Bennett)of Lichtenburg(a country similar to the ¨Prisoner of Zenda¨).She rules under the sinister shadow of one despotic tyrant(George Sanders)general Gurko Lamen who tries to take over . The son of Edmond Dantes (Louis Hayward), the famous Count of Montecristo ,simulating to be a foppish count and masked is ¨the Torch¨ helping the Duchess. She flees to find herself with the emperor Napoleon III.
The picture is a sequel to ¨The Count of Montecristo (1934)¨ also directed by Rowland V. Lee , though none connection exception of the father and son relationship. In the film there are action,adventures,melodrama,fencing duels, a love story,derring-do and is pretty entertaining and funny. Louis Hayward as masked avenger is very fine , his following films were a series of swashbucklers during fifteen years. Joan Bennett as the attractive duchess is enjoyable and enticing .Both played in 1939,¨The man in the iron mask¨, and again teamed up for this agreeable adventure.George Sanders as always plays a dastardly villain. Besides appear as secondaries actors,Clayton Moore(Lone Ranger),Montagu Love,Henry Brandon,Ralph Bird and Ian Wolfe. Direction by Rowland V. Lee is excellent, is famous in his films the extensive use of low angle shooting by means of a special device to heighten the impact of the scene . The movie was nominated to the best production design for Edward Boyle by its imposing sets though obtain none. The flick will appeal to swashbuckler enthusiastic and adventures cinema fans.
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