The Florentine Dagger

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The Florentine Dagger
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Directed by Robert Florey
Written by Brown Holmes (add'l dialogue)
Screenplay by Tom Reed
Based onThe Florentine Dagger (1923 novel) by Ben Hecht
Starring Donald Woods
Margaret Lindsay
Cinematography Arthur L. Todd
Edited by Thomas Pratt
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Release date
  • March 30, 1935 (1935-03-30)(U.S.)
Running time
69 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$130,000 [1]
Box office$260,000 [1]

The Florentine Dagger is a 1935 American film noir mystery film directed by Robert Florey. Donald Woods plays a descendant of the Borgia line, convinced that he's inherited their murderous tendencies. Suspicions deepen when the father of the girl he loves turns up stabbed to death with a Florentine dagger.


The film numbers among the first Hollywood movies in which psychoanalysis is a significant factor in the story. [2]


Box Office

According to Warner Bros records the film earned $185,000 domestically and $75,000 foreign. [1]

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  1. 1 2 3 Warner Bros financial information in The William Shaefer Ledger. See Appendix 1, Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, (1995) 15:sup1, 1-31 p 16 DOI: 10.1080/01439689508604551
  2. Smith, Richard Harland. "The Florentine Dagger (1935)"