Synopsis by Hal Erickson
Graf Cagliostro was the official title of this far-from-accurate biopic. According to the official records, 17th-century Italian mesmerist Cagliostro was a charlatan and a thief -- and, indeed, was interpreted in this fashion by Orson Welles in the 1949 film Black Magic. According to this film, however, the title character (played by Hans Stuewe) was a basically decent fellow who endeavored to escape from his life of crime. This he does with the help of the virtuous heroine Lorenza (Renee Heribel), but not before he has nearly fallen victim to the headman's axe. Cagliostro is listed in some sources as a Swedish-German-French co-production.
bad-guy-turns-good, escape, execution, going-straight, hero