Cover image for Samuel Shellabarger's prince of foxes
Samuel Shellabarger's prince of foxes
King, Henry, 1886-1982.
Uniform Title:
Prince of foxes (Motion picture)
Publication Information:
Beverly Hills, CA : 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, [2007]
Physical Description:
1 videodisc (107 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in. + 4 lobby cards in an envelope.
Cesare Borgia and his treacherous sister Lucrezia have plans to conquer central Italy. They sends Andrea Zoppo, an accomplished commoner and Lucrezia's lover on a mission to take over Citta del Monte, ruled by Count Marc Antonio Verano. But he meets Camilla, the young wife of the count, and things change.
General Note:
From the novel by Samuel Shellabarger.

Originally released as a motion picture in 1949.

Some copies issued in a boxed set entitled: Tyrone Power collection.

Special features: isolated score soundtrack; Movietone News: Tyrone Power weds Linda Christian in Rome ceremony; still gallery; advertising gallery; original theatrical trailer.
Reading Level:
Not rated.

Format :


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DVD 42444 Adult DVD Audio Visual

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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). ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi