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Het zwaard der wraak (1951)

Mask of the Avenger (original title)
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.


Phil Karlson


Jesse Lasky Jr. (screenplay), Ralph Gilbert Bettison (adaptation) (as Ralph Bettinson) | 2 more credits »


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Cast overview:
John Derek ... Capt. Renato Dimorna
Anthony Quinn ... Viovanni Larocca
Jody Lawrance ... Maria d'Orsini
Arnold Moss ... Colardi
Eugene Iglesias ... Rollo D'Anterras
Dickie LeRoy Dickie LeRoy ... Jacopo
Harry Cording ... Zio d'Orsini
Ian Wolfe ... Signor Donner


In 1848, the northern Italian region of Casamare is facing an imminent military invasion by the neighboring Austrian army. In the town-square of Casamare, at the statue of the famed Italian hero Count of Monte Cristo, the local military governor, Viovanni Larocca, is holding a patriotic speech in order to bolster the people's morale and to fund-raise more money for the Italian army. Most people have complete trust in their military governor. However, Larocca is summoned to the luxurious estate of Count Dimorna, one of the leading noblemen of Italy, whose son, army captain Renato Dimorna is on leave. At Count Dimorna's castle, military governor Larocca is confronted by an angry Dimorna who accuses Larocca of treason. His proof is a letter from the enemy to Larocca confirming large transfers of money made to a personal Swiss account in Larocca's name. Larocca murders Dimorna and makes it appear as if the count committed suicide because the count's guilty conscience of being the real ... Written by nufs68

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Monte Cristo lives ... fights ... loves ... again !


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Release Date:

27 June 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Het zwaard der wraak See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Film debut of Jody Lawrence, former Aquacade swimmer. See more »

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Pretty cheesy
24 May 2018 | by HotToastyRagSee all my reviews

In a strange combination of The Mark of Zorro and The Count of Monte Cristo, John Derek stars as a masked hero out for revenge for his father's murder in Mask of the Avenger. There's really no suspense, though, because in the beginning scene, Anthony Quinn is revealed to be the murderer. It would have added a little intrigue, even if it were just fifteen minutes or so, if John didn't know who killed his father.

There's also a watered-down romance between John and Jody Lawrance added into the plot. With the cheesy script, B-movie production values, and tv-esque music, this movie isn't one I'd recommend adding to your list. There are so many other better 1950s adventure movies to choose from.

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