Shadow Of The Ea­gle

ABC1, 1.40am, PG ( 1950)

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Dash­ing Count Alexei Orloff ( Richard Greene, above), an overnight favourite of Cather­ine the Great ( Bin­nie Barnes), trav­els to Venice on her be­half to abduct El­iz­a­beth Tarakanova ( Valentina Cortese) who has been lay­ing claim to the throne. Cred­i­ble per­for­mances from the lead­ing char­ac­ters prove to be the only sav­ing grace in this largely for­get­table low-bud­get tale. Su­perfi cial ro­man­tic scenes be­tween Greene and Cortese as well as a medi­ocre script en­sure few mo­ments of sus­pense or ex­cite­ment. The Ital­ian lo­ca­tions, es­pe­cially in Venice, make some of the view­ing easy on the eye, but the over­all ex­pe­ri­ence is of un­ful­filled po­ten­tial.

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