'Prince of Foxes' Opens Villa
Salt Lake Tribune, 24 December 1949, page 13
"Prince of Foxes," opening at Villa theater, 3000 Highland
dr., Friday evening, proved a kingly movie for the premiere of Salt Lake's
new plush movie house.
The kaleidoscopic imprint of five hundred years has been artfully erased
over the Italian countryside in the filming of the Samuel Shellabarger
best-seller, a historical drama based on an episode in the life of the
Renaissance despot, Ceaare Borgia.
Fifteenth century Italy, when the unscrupulous Borgia aspired to the
dictatorship of an entire nation, is the setting for the lofty intrigues,
with directory Henry King photographing the story in entirety on the actual
locales which the action originally unfolded.
More than a year in preliminary preparation was spent on "Prince
of Foxes," with the actual shooting period extending over 12 months.
It's King's conviction that in spite of the vast panorama photographically
covered in the motion picture, Italy is so rich in such material that
the country is still unexploited scenically and artistically.
The picture stars Tyrone Power, Orson Welles and Wanda Hendrix in one
episode in the life of the notorious 15th century adventurer.
Borgia, portrayed in "Prince of Foxes" by Orsen Welles, administered
slow doses of white powder called, at that time, canterella, which produced
death throes which have enabled contemporary scientists to determine that
the fatal potion was arsenic.