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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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Jacques Companéez (from an original film story "Tarakanova") (as Jacques Companeez), Doreen Montgomery (screenplay) | 1 more credit »


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Cast overview:
Richard Greene ... Count Alexei Orloff
Valentina Cortese ... Elizabeth, Princess Tarakanova (as Valentina Cortesa)
Greta Gynt ... Countess Loradona Camponiello
Binnie Barnes ... Catherine - Empress of Russia
Charles Goldner Charles Goldner ... General Korsakov
Hugh French ... Captain Sergei Nikolsky
Walter Rilla ... Prince Radziwill
Dennis Vance ... Vasska, Orloff's Aide
William Tubbs William Tubbs ... Boris (as William C. Tubbs)
Cippi Valli Cippi Valli ... Maid
Dino Galvani Dino Galvani ... Russian Ambassador
Ewan Roberts ... Ship's Doctor
A. De Leo A. De Leo ... Polish Guard
Gianantonio Porcheddu Gianantonio Porcheddu ... Partisan


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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Release Date:

11 September 1950 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Graf Orloffs gefährliche Liebe See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The plot of this film derives from historical fact, but is predominantly an absurd fiction. Far from falling in love with (and later rescuing) the Princess Elisabeth Tarakhanova, Count Orloff ruthlessly seduced her and then arranged for her to be kidnapped from Livorno in Italy and taken back to Russia, where she died in prison only months later. It is highly likely that her claim to the throne of Russia was a false one, as Catherine the Great always claimed. Also, "Tarakhanova" was a nickname bestowed on her after her death; it was never used as a name in her lifetime. See more »

Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: The Crimea, formerly a province of Turkey, is occupied by the armies of Catherine of Russia. See more »


Alternate-language version of La rivale dell'imperatrice (1951) See more »

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Thoroughly entertaining!
19 October 2015 | by nzpedalsSee all my reviews

Some old films are awful, even with great big stars and all the trimmings. But this one is so good. It is a story that I can follow, I know who the characters are, the acting is always great, there are some really good scenes and good dialogue. So, I rate it a 10.

Two features, 1. Noticeably good filming. The scenes look good and sharp. 2. The actors look as though they are really enjoying what they are doing and that spreads to me too. A minor negative is that the carnival scene seems to go on a bit long?

The story is about Europe in 1775 or so. There are treaties, alliances, double-crossing, betrayal ... Hey, not much different from today in many respects, but the characters are different, the ladies wear really fancy kit, and men and women have crazy hairstyles.

Set largely in Venice, and maybe some of the sets were also used in "Dangerous Beauty"? It looks real enough. There is action, romance, some lighter moments, some thrilling ones and even if we know that the heroes will survive, it is great watching. Everyone involved should have gone to greater things?

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