The poisonous Borgias, who introduced the lethal mickey finn to early-day Italy, provide the highly romantic adventure basis for Bride of Vengeance.
It’s escapist material, done with a lightness that doesn’t always fit its adventuring, but with enough swagger to back up the story. It has familiar ingredients of this type of adventure costumer, and there’s not much ingenuity in the way it has been filmed.
Title derives from Borgia role played by Paulette Goddard, who marries John Lund, head of an Italian state, to avenge the death of an earlier husband, whom she believes Lund had killed. Mixed in with that is a state plot by her Borgia brother to control all of Italy, including Lund’s lands, and latter’s efforts to cast a cannon. Plot has plenty of bloodthirsty moments.