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Shadow of the Eagle (1950)

Count Orlof, one of Catherine of Russia's many overnight favourites, travels to Venice on her behalf to abduct Elizabeth Tarakanova who has been laying claim to the throne from the Crimea. ... See full summary »

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Elizabeth, Princess Tarakanova (as Valentina Cortesa)
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Countess Loradona Camponiello
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Charles Goldner ...
General Korsakov
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Captain Sergei Nikolsky
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Prince Radziwill
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Vasska, Orloff's Aide
William Tubbs ...
Boris
Cippi Valli ...
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Russian Ambassador
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Gianantonio Porcheddu ...
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Count Orlof, one of Catherine of Russia's many overnight favourites, travels to Venice on her behalf to abduct Elizabeth Tarakanova who has been laying claim to the throne from the Crimea. Once there, he finds the local charms of the Princess hard to resist. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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Graf Orloffs gefährliche Liebe  »

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Actors saves a lackluster film !
5 April 2004 | by (Norway) – See all my reviews

There are few times I've seen films where I actually think that the actors saved the show. This low budget action/romance uses the exterior of Venice to its fullest. Richard Greene and Valentina Cortesa makes a romantic couple even if some scenes are a bit superficial. There is something old fashion about this film, sort of outdated for its time. It seems like the film should have had a cast of thousands. Some scenes seem empty, especially where there are guards chasing after Green or horses riding across empty fields. Scenes like these do not become dangerous enough to keep you in suspension. The film lacks the energy and enthusiasm a good script gives. It makes you wonder whey this film was actually made. But the acting is good and Binnie Barns and Greta Gynt (Gynt said yes to the role in order to get her out of her contract with Universal International) makes the best of the characters they play. If you are a fan of any of the cast members it will be a worthwhile film to see.

SHADOW OF THE EAGLE is a film with potential, but lack of production values and a script that has originality makes it an unforgettable experience. Unfortunately !


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