The swashbuckling genre is not noted for its progressive treatment of women. Even ladies who take up arms must either be damseled by the finale or die in order to make way for a more “proper” love interest. That’s why The Fighting Eagle is such a breath of fresh air.
While Rod la Rocque and Sam De Grasse are the official hero and villain, Phyllis Haver and Sally Rand are the ones who get things done. It’s a Napoleonic spy caper and while it takes a bit of time to get going, it turns into a smashing little adventure film. Highly recommended!
How does it end? Hover or tap below for a spoiler.
Haver and the local barmaid save the day by locating papers implicating the baddies in treason.
If it were a dessert it would be: Spicy Devil’s Food Cupcakes. Looks cute but packs a wallop.
Availability: Released on DVD by Grapevine.