Prince of Foxes

Prince of Foxes

Tyrone Power
Director: Henry King Cast: Tyrone Power
Tyrone Power
, Orson Welles
Orson Welles
, Wanda Hendrix
Wanda Hendrix
Henry King


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Filmed entirely on location in Italy, Prince of Foxes is an adaptation of Samuel Shellabarger's popular novel. Set during the Renaissance, the film stars Tyrone Power as Orsini, a good-will ambassador for scheming, covetous Cesare Borgia (Orson Welles). Orsini is aware that he is being used to expand Borgia's political influence, but he does his best to serve his master. But when he visits a mountain province ruled by the kindly Duke Varano (Felix Aylmer), Orsini comes to realize that there is more to life than power and possessions. Turning against the Borgias, Orsini is subjected to torture and humiliation, but he escapes to spearhead a revolt against the despotic family. Power is quite good, but he can't help but be overshadowed by such scenery-chewers as Orson Welles, Katina Paxinou (as Orsini's mother) and Everett Sloane (as the toadying Belli). Wanda Hendrix is pretty but forgettable as Varano's young bride, who of course falls in love with the dashing Orsini. Because of contractual and budgetary restrictions, Prince of Foxes had to be filmed in black-and-white, which is a shame; if ever a film cried out for Technicolor, it is this one (20th Century-Fox soon rectified this artistic gaffe with its full-color, location-filmed The Black Rose [1950], which also starred Tyrone Power and Orson Welles).

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Product Details

Release Date: 02/07/2017
UPC: 0738329207472
Original Release: 1949
Rating: NR
Source: Kl Studio Classics
Region Code: A
Time: 1:47:00

Special Features

Audio Commentary by Film Historian Troy Howarth; Isolated Score Track; Movietone News: Tyrone Powers weds Linda Christian in Rome Ceremony; Trailers

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tyrone Power Andrea Orsini
Orson Welles Cesare Borgia
Wanda Hendrix Camilla Verano
Marina Berti Angela Borgia
Everett Sloane Mario Belli
Katina Paxinou Mona Zeppo Constanza
Felix Aylmer Count Marc Antonio Verano
Leslie E. Bradley Don Esteban
Rena Lennart Lady in waiting
Giuseppe Faeti Priest
Eugene Deckers Borgia Henchman
Joop van Hulzen D'Este
Adriano Ambrogi Townsman
Eva Brauer Fabio
James Carney Alphonso D'Este
Franco Corsaro Mattia
Ludmilla Dudarova Vittoria
Eduardo Ciannelli Art dealer

Technical Credits
Henry King Director
Mark-Lee Kirk Art Director
Milton Krims Screenwriter
Thomas K. Little Set Decoration/Design
Barbara McLean Editor
Alfred Newman Score Composer
Vittorio Nino Novarese Costumes/Costume Designer
Fred Sersen Special Effects
Leon Shamroy Cinematographer
Sol C. Siegel Producer
Lyle Wheeler Art Director

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