In the 1800s, after an assassination attempt by Prince Ramon against the king of Mandorra, a brigand resembling the king surreptitiously impersonates the incapacitated monarch in order to throw off the plotters.
During the European revolutionary fervor of 1848, Italian Captain Renato Dimorna tries to avenge his father's death, goes against the corrupt local military governor Larocca and prevents an Austrian military invasion.
Attila, the leader of the barbarian Huns and called by the Romans "The Scourge of God", sweeps onto the Italian peninsula, defeating all of the armies of Rome, until he and his men reach the gates of the city itself.
A murderous thief on the run with stolen loot forces a poor rancher to guide him across the desert into Mexico. Accompanying them is the rancher's wife, who happens to be the killer's former girlfriend.
Carlos Delargo, son of a royal princess of Mandorra who has been banished, is returned to the kingdom to face a murder charge, but is freed by King Lorenzo, to whom Dalargo bears a remarkable resemblance. When the king is wounded by assassins working for Napoleon, Delargo takes over the throne, at the request of Prime Minister Triano, in a plan to thwart the traitors. He also falls in love with the king's fiancée, Princess Teresa.Written by
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In an attempt to capitalize on Dexter's first film for Columbia, VALENTINO, the studio promptly gave him another assignment in which he would emulate the silent screen star who made his mark in sand and sandal epics. Not only that, they gave him a dual role requiring the actor to carry the film.
It's only half-successful. Dexter looks good in the period costumes, even acquits himself well in a couple of nicely choreographed dance scenes and makes a dashing hero in the Alexander Dumas style. He even makes a distinction between the true King and his giddy laughter and the brave imposter. But somehow, the total effect is lacking, partly due to a lackluster script and the fact that his leading lady is no more than a cardboard heroine.
JODY LAWRENCE exhibits almost no emotion in her role as the Princess who falls in love with the imposter. She speaks all her lines in a dull monotone and rarely changes her expression. This turns out to be a liability for a costume romance to stir up the proper amount of interest.
Dexter carries the main burden, while GALE ROBBINS, RON RANDELL, CARL BENTON REID and even ANTHONY QUINN as the villain Ramon are mere ciphers. It's a shame, because Columbia gave the film the benefit of lavish sets and costumes, obviously expecting a good return for their money. What they got is the same old Dumas story about a commoner impersonating royalty while the villains plot and plan how to win their way to the throne.
Summing up: Moderately interesting and not Dexter's fault that the project fails to become a spirited enough adventure.
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