The Rival of the Empress

The Rival of the Empress (Italian: La rivale dell'imperatrice) is a 1951 Italian historical adventure film directed by Jacopo Comin and Sidney Salkow and starring Richard Greene, Valentina Cortese and Isa Pola. A separate English-language version Shadow of the Eagle was released the previous year.

The Rival of the Empress
Directed byJacopo Comin
Sidney Salkow
Produced byDario Sabatello
Written byJacques Companéez (story)
Doreen Montgomery
Hagar Wilde
StarringRichard Greene
Valentina Cortese
Isa Pola
Music byHans May
CinematographyTonino Delli Colli
Erwin Hillier
Edited by Nino Baragli
Peter Graham Scott
Scalera Film
Tuscania Film
Distributed byScalera Film
Release date
22 February 1951
Running time
95 minutes

It was shot at the Scalera Studios in Rome[1] with sets designed by Wilfred Shingleton. The costumes were designed by Vittorio Nino Novarese. Star Richard Greene was dubbed by the Italian actor Massimo Serato.


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. Anile p.173


  • Alberto Anile. Orson Welles in Italy. Indiana University Press, 2013.
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