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Prince of Foxes (9-Nov-1949)

Director: Henry King

Writer: Milton Krims

From novel by: Samuel Shellabarger

Keywords: Drama

Andrea Orsini, minion of Cesare Borgia, is sent on a mission to undermine Cittą del Monte, to prepare it for subsequent conquest. But he finds Count Verano's beautiful young wife captivating, falling in love with her and betraying Borgia. A tale of Machiavellian intrigue; the entire country of Andorra was rented by the producer to serve as the Cittą. Who could do Borgia better than Orson Welles?

Borgia's description of the man he needs: "who but a man as quick at deceit as a fox? He must have the grace of a dancer, the wrist of an assassin. He must have little regard for good faith, yet by his astuteness be able to confuse men's minds... He must charm as a snake charms birds, yet he must make no friends, except for those who may be of use to him, and for the same reason although he may make use of love, he must not love."

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Felix Aylmer
21-Feb-1889 2-Sep-1979 Henry V
Marina Berti
29-Sep-1924 29-Oct-2002 La califfa
Wanda Hendrix
3-Nov-1928 1-Feb-1981 Actress-wife of Audie Murphy
Katina Paxinou
17-Dec-1900 22-Feb-1973 For Whom the Bell Tolls
Tyrone Power
5-May-1913 15-Nov-1958 Witness for the Prosecution
Everett Sloane
1-Oct-1909 6-Aug-1965 Patterns
Orson Welles
6-May-1915 10-Oct-1985 Citizen Kane


Tyrone Power   ...   Andrea Orsini
Orson Welles   ...   Cesare Borgia
Wanda Hendrix   ...   Camilla Verano
Marina Berti   ...   Angela Borgia
Everett Sloane   ...   Mario Belli
Katina Paxinou   ...   Mona Constanza Zoppo
Felix Aylmer   ...   Count Marc Antonio Verano


Review by Skot Garrick (posted on 11-Feb-2005)

Orson Welles as Cesare Borgia. That should get anyone's attention. Who would think that face man Tyrone Power could hold his own against Orson? He does it here. A sly, cunning story of double dealing, plots, seductions for the purpose of political overthrow, murder, and a pretty riveting eye-gouging scene for the day. Filmed on location in Italy, and boy does it show. In this tale of Italy in the 1500's, we see a cold blooded assasin who still follows a code of honor, as colorfully portrayed by Everett Sloan. The dialogue might seem stilted at first, but once you're accustomed to it, it helps to add a layer of period authenticity, and you feel that in this day and time, noble people probably talked this way. And the whole story works a deliberate course to a delicious revenge. Not to be missed.

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