Shadow of the Eagle (1950 film)

Shadow of the Eagle is a 1950 British-Italian historical drama film directed by Sidney Salkow and starring Richard Greene, Valentina Cortese and Greta Gynt.[1] A separate Italian version The Rival of the Empress was released the following year.

Shadow of the Eagle
Directed bySidney Salkow
Produced byRobert Garrett
Anthony Havelock-Allan
Written byJacques Companéez (story)
Doreen Montgomery
Hagar Wilde
StarringRichard Greene
Valentina Cortese
Greta Gynt
Music byHans May
CinematographyErwin Hillier
Edited byPeter Graham Scott
Dario Sabatello
Scalera Film
Valiant Films
Distributed byIndependent Film Distributors
Scalera Film
Release date
11 September 1950
Running time
93 minutes
United Kingdom

It was shot partly at Teddington Studios and partly on location in Italy. The film's art direction was by Wilfred Shingleton.


During the 18th century the Empress of Russia Catherine the Great sends her lover Count Alexei Orloff to kidnap her rival for the throne, the pretender Elizabeth, Princess Tarakanova, from Venice. However, Orloff ends up falling in love with the Princess.



  1. Richards p.140


  • Richards, Jeffrey. Swordsmen of the Screen: From Douglas Fairbanks to Michael York. Routledge, 2014.
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