The Florentine Dagger

  • 1935
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Mystery

Woods is a descendant of the renaissance Borgias. After visiting his ancestral castle in Italy, he becomes a successful playwright but also comes to believe that he has inherent killer instincts. Enter Lindsay, whom Woods selects to play the femme fatale in his new hit play, believing her to be another Lucretia Borgia. A murder occurs and Woods, Lindsay,...read more

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Woods is a descendant of the renaissance Borgias. After visiting his ancestral castle in Italy, he becomes a successful playwright but also comes to believe that he has inherent killer instincts. Enter Lindsay, whom Woods selects to play the femme fatale in his new hit play, believing her

to be another Lucretia Borgia. A murder occurs and Woods, Lindsay, and even the psychiatrist treating Woods (Smith) are equally suspect. An above-average whodunit with many clever twists and turns. The Ben Hecht novel upon which this film is based is better than the movie. The author detailed

three suspects with dual personalities, a theme not fully developed in the film. Woods and Lindsay are fine, and Smith, that venerable British character actor, brightens every scene he plays. Florey directs with lightning speed, as was his special trait.

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