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 The Eagle (1925, B&W, Silent): Handsome, hard-riding Vladimir Dubrovsky is the Czarina's favorite Lieutenant in the Imperial Cavalry. When the officer spurns the Empress's romantic overtures, a reward is posted for his capture and execution. He flees St. Petersburg and returns home to discover that that his father has been murdered and his estate stolen by the scoundrel Kyrilla. Concealing his identity with a mask, Vladimir becomes "The Black Eagle" and leads a peasant revolt against the oppressive despot. The uprising gathers momentum, but when he falls for the tyrant's beautiful daughter, he is forced to choose between revenge and true love. Along with the hero's portrayal by the great Valentino, The Eagle features set design by William Cameron Menzies plus a brief appearance by a young Gary Cooper .

 

The Eagle 1925