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Vendetta Details

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Vendetta began as a pet project of producer/director/writer Preston Sturges. Producer Howard R. Hughes was at first enthusiastic about the project, but lost interest after a bitter argument with Sturges. Director Max Ophuls was originally slated to direct, but Hughes lost interest in him and hired Mel Ferrer instead. Eventually, Hughes decided to make the film anyway, primarily to introduce his latest protégé, Faith Domergue. The film sat on the shelf for four years before Hughes finally released it through RKO. The story begins in old New Orleans, where hot-blooded Corsican maiden Colomba (Faith Domergue) coerces her brother Orso (George Dolenz) into avenging their father's murder. There follows a series of labyrinthine plot twists, leading to a corpse-strewn denouement. Hillary Brooke co-stars as British gentlewoman Lydia Nevil, with whom Orso has a brief romance before sacrificing love for honor. The screenplay, which was credited to W.R. Burnett after several other writers had a crack at it, was based on Colomba, a novel by Prosper Merimee. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast

Faith Domergue
as Columba Della Rabbia
Hillary Brooke
as Lydia Nevil
Nigel Bruce
as Sir Thomas Nevil
Joseph Calleia
as Mayor Barracini
Hugo Haas
as Brando
Robert Warwick
as Prefect
George Dolenz
as Orso Della Rabbia
Donald Buka
as Pardino

Crew

Stuart Heisler
Director
Howard R. Hughes
Director
Mel Ferrer
Director
Preston Sturges
Director
Max Ophüls
Director
Preston Sturges
Producer
Howard R. Hughes
Producer
Preston Sturges
Screenwriter
Peter O'Crotty
Screenwriter
Franz Planer
Cinematographer
Alfred Gilks
Cinematographer
Roy Webb
Composer (Music Score)
Constantin Bakaleinikoff
Musical Direction/Supervision
Stuart Gilmore
Editor
Robert Usher
Art Director
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