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An unscrupulous agent for the Borgias suffers a change of heart when asked to betray a noble count and his much younger, very beautiful wife.

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Andrea Orsini
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Wanda Hendrix ...
Camilla Verano
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Angela Borgia
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Mario Belli
Katina Paxinou ...
Mona Constanza Zoppo
Felix Aylmer ...
Count Marc Antonio Verano
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In 1500, Duke Cesare Borgia hopes to marry his sister (widowed by poison) to the heir apparent of Ferrara, which impedes his conquest of central Italy. On this delicate mission he sends Andrea Orsini, his sister's lover and nearly as unscrupulous as himself. En route, Orsini meets Camilla Verano, wife of the count of Citta' del Monte (Borgia's next intended conquest); and sentiment threatens to turn him against his deadly master, whom no one betrays twice... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Also Known As:

Samuel Shellabarger's Prince of Foxes  »

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Citta del Monte is a fictional place. See more »

Goofs

When Andrea is painting Camilla's portrait, his sleeves are long and loose. One touches the wet canvas, yet no smudge is made upon the portrait or his sleeve. See more »

Quotes

Don Esteban: [after getting a shove from behind from Borgia] My Lord!
Cesare Borgia: My garden is filled with beautiful women and you stand here like a brooding nemisis!
Don Esteban: I was thinking.
Cesare Borgia: Good. Practice makes perfect.
[Walking away]
Cesare Borgia: You should listen though. You may learn something.
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Referenced in Dancing in the Dark (1949) See more »

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Excellent old costume Drama
24 May 2006 | by (Sacramento, CA) – See all my reviews

You have to understand that Samuel Shellabarger who wrote Prince of Foxes and Captain from Castile, along with several other sabre-rattling novels of the renaissance, was a very popular writer in the 40s and this movie captures much of the romantic mood of his novels. Tyrone Power had appeared earlier in Captain from Castile which had been a hit and this effort including the great Orson Welles as Cesare Borgia, and two great character actors, Katrina Paxinou and Everett Sloane, was a fantastic production. Wanda Hendrix, who was never any great shakes beyond presenting a pretty Hollywood face, did not distract from the film but the scene chewing between Power, Sloane and, of course, Welles (before he became so obese), is classic. Power with his dark handsome Irish face was always delightful in these heroic roles tinged with darkness. Recall that this film was of the same time period as his classic Nightmare Alley. It is an entertaining yarn but, alas, no video or DVD at this writing, so you'll just have to look for it on the late show. Do so because if you like the romantic golden oldies with a bit of swash and buckle, you'll dang sure like this one.


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