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Prince of Foxes (film)

Prince of Foxes
Directed by Henry King
Produced by Sol C. Siegel
Written by Milton Krims
Samuel Shellabarger
Starring Tyrone Power
Orson Welles
Music by Alfred Newman
Cinematography Leon Shamroy
Edited by Barbara McLean
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release dates December 23, 1949
Running time 107 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $2,550,000 (US rentals)[1]

Prince of Foxes is a 1949 film adapted from Cesare Borgia.


  • Plot 1
  • Production notes 2
  • Cast 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


In August 1500, Andrea Orsini (Ferrara as an impediment to conquest of central Italy. In being selected, however, Andrea earns the enmity of Don Esteban (Leslie Bradley), an ambitious captain and rival.

Andrea travels to Venice to sell some of his paintings to raise money for expenses. He meets the lovely Camilla di la Baglione (Wanda Hendrix), young wife of the elderly Count Marc Antonio Verano of Citta del Monte, and smitten with her, gallantly gives her a painting he was haggling to sell for a hundred ducats. Soon after, an assassin attempts to kill Andrea, but he thwarts the attack and spares the assassin to learn who hired him: the Duke Ercole d'Este. He hires the assassin, Mario Belli (Everett Sloane), as part of his own entourage. Resuming the mission, Andrea stops to visit the farm of a blacksmith's widow, reputed to be hiding gold stolen by her bandit son. She is actually his mother (Katina Paxinou), and he is in fact Andrea Zoppo, not the noble Orsini he pretends to be. The reunion is a rocky one, because the mother does not approve of her son's evil ways. Belli spies on them through a window. Andrea continues to Ferrara, where he succeeds in arranging the marriage by intimidating the duke and flattering Alfonso.

Andrea's next mission, again chosen over Don Esteban, is as ambassador to Citta del Monte, with orders to help Borgia conquer the mountaintop city by spring, using a romantic conquest of Camilla to facilitate a "correct" elimination of the elderly count (

Production notes

Most of the scenes were shot on the exact locations in Italy and San Marino, with all the studio work done at Cinecittà Studios.



  1. ^ 'The Top Box Office Hits of 1950', Variety, January 3, 1951

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