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Director  John Brahm
Music director  Alessandro Cicognini
Duration  
Country  Italy US
6.4/10 IMDb

Genre  Adventure, War
Producer  Robert Haggiag
Language  Italian English
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Writer  John Brahm, Jesse Lasky Jr.
Release date  1950 (Italy) November 1952 (US)
Based on  story by Michael Pertwee
Cast  Maria Montez, Massimo Serato, Paul Hubschmid, Aldo Silvani
Similar movies  Related John Brahm movies

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The Thief of Venice or Il Ladro di Venezia is a 1950 Italian film directed by John Brahm. The US title was "The Thief of Venice".

Contents

It was released in the US two years after being made.

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Plot

In the middle ages the Grand Inquisitor leads a plot to seize control of Venice. A popular admiral works to stop the Grand Inquisitor's power grab and is killed in the resulting conflict. One of the admiral's soldiers continues the fight against the Grand Inquisitor and gets romantically involved with the admiral's daughter. The romance and relationship dynamic becomes the focus until the Grand Inquisitor kills both of them and makes clothing out of their skin.

Cast

  • Maria Montez ... Tina
  • Paul Christian ... Alfiere Lorenzo Contarini
  • Massimo Serato ... Scrap the Inquisitor
  • Faye Marlowe ... Francesca Disani
  • Aldo Silvani ... Capt. von Sturm
  • Luigi Saltamerenda ... Alfredo
  • Guido Celano ... Polo
  • Umberto Sacripante ... Durro
  • Camillo Pilotto ... Adm. Disani
  • Ferdinando Tamberlani... Lombardi
  • Liana Del Balzo ... Duenna
  • Paolo Stoppa ... Marco
  • Mario Tosi ... Mario
  • Vinicio Sofia ... Grazzi
  • Leonardo Scavino ... Sharp Eye
  • Production

    The movie was an Italian-American co production. Originally Edmond O'Brien and his wife Olga San Juan were mentioned as possibly starring in the movie which was being produced by Monte Schaff and Lou Appleton. Douglas Fairbanks Jnr was also mentioned as a possible lead. Eventually it was announced Nathan Wachsberger would produce (in Europe) from a script by Jesse Lasky Jrn, and that former Universal contract stars Maria Montez and Paul Christian would star.

    John Brahm signed to direct and Faye Marlowe and George Sanders were to play support roles, with filming to start in Italy on 1 November 1949. Sanders eventually pulled out.

    The movie was shot on location in Italy with studio work done at Scalera Studios.

    Reception

    The Christian Science Monitor said that "a series of coups, captures and escapes take place with a great deal of running about but very little inventiveness."

    The Washington Post called it "a rip snorting Western" style film.

    References

    The Thief of Venice Wikipedia
    The Thief of Venice IMDb


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