The Order of the Black Eagle (film)

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Order of the Black Eagle
Directed by Leonard Worth Keeter III
Produced by Robert P. Eaton
Betty J. Stephens
Screenplay by Phil Behrens
Story by Robert P. Eaton
Starring Ian Hunter
Charles K. Bibby
William T. Hicks
Anna Rapagna
Jill Donnellan
Shangtai Tuan
Gene Scherer
Wolfgang Linkman
Music by Dee Barton
(score & conductor)
Cinematography Irl Dixon
Edited by Matthew Mallinson
Polo Players Ltd.
Distributed by VHS — Celebrity Home Enterm, October 28, 1992
Release date
December 1987 (Shelby, North Carolina)
Running time
93 minutes
Language English

Order of the Black Eagle (aka Black Eagle) is an American pseudo-parody action B movie released in December 1987. The film is a sequel to Unmasking the Idol, a 1986 film by the same director (Keeter), story-writer (Eaton), and screenplay writer (Behrens). Leonard Worth Keeter III directed it in Shelby, North Carolina, at Earl Owensby Studios, and the surrounding area.[1][2] Betty J. Stephens, John Alan Stephens, PhD, and Robert P. Eaton co-produced the film. Eaton — whose only marriage from 1965 to 1969 was the sixth of seven marriages for Lana Turner — was president of Polo Players, the firm that partnered with Earl Owensby Studios to launch the two-film project.[3]


Duncan Jax, played by Ian Hunter, must stop neo-Nazis from destroying communication satellites and awakening Hitler from a cryogenic sleep. Jax assembles a band of the dirtiest fighters in the world to do it.[4]


Interpol Spy Agency

  • Ian Hunter (born approx 1949) † … Duncan Jax, secret agent
  • Charles King "Chuck" Bibby (born 1930) … Star, head of spy agency
  • Jill Donnellan (born 1956) … Tiffany Youngblood, undercover agent, and Jax assistant
  • Shangtai Tuan … Sato, secret agent gadget designer

Duncan Jax's mercenaries

  • Anna Maria Rapagna (born 1959)[5] … Maxie Ryder
  • Joe Coltrane … Hammer
  • James Eric … Jake, aka "Juice"
  • Bill Gribble (né William A. Gribble; born 1941) … cowboy
  • Dean Whitworth … Bolt
  • Terry James Loughlin (born 1944)[6] … S.D.
  • Typhoon … "Boon," the Baboon, Duncan's pet & loyal sidekick
Special appearance
  • Flo Hyman (1954–1986) … Spike, knife-wielding mercenary — Hyman was a Silver Medalist on the 1984 U.S. Women's Olympic Volley Team; ergo the character name. She died before the film was completed.

Neo-Nazi group, "Order of the Black Eagle"

  • William T. Hicks (born 1941) … millionaire Baron Ernst von Tepisch, leader of a neo-Nazi group
  • Wolfgang Linkman (né Lewis S. Flinkman; born 1957) … Colonel Wilhelm Stryker, Nazi security chief

Rest of cast

  • Gene Scherer (aka Eugene Genaidy Scherer, Geniady Bieguioff; born 1937)[7] … Dr. Kurtz
  • Stefan Krayk (1914–1999)[8][9][10][11] … Dr. George Brinkmann, Jr., laser scientist
  • Tony Ellwood … Hitler (cameo appearance)


  • Maxann Crotts (née Vickie Maxann Crotts; born 1954; currently known as Maxann Crotts-Harvey) … woman on bus
  • Bob Durrett (né Robert W. Durrett, Jr.; born 1949) … Swiss guard
  • Stephen T. Ware (born 1948) … bodyguard

† Ian Hunter, who had been living in Santa Barbara, is a native of Winston-Salem. He had attended the Governor's School of North Carolina, the North Carolina School of the Arts, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.[12]


‡ John Alan Stephens is the husband of Betty J. Stephens. In 1987, they lived in Santa Barbara. John A. Stephens founded Excel-Mineral Company in 1949 in California. He had acquired vast deposits of opal sedimentary clay that not only absorbed its weight in liquid, but also absorbed odors. Eventually, in the 1950s, Stephens launched "Jonny Cat" litter.

Post production[edit]

External links[edit]


Robert P. Eaton The cryogenics theme is loosely connected to an interest of the co-producer and author of the story, Robert P. Eaton, who, through a connection with his former wife, had extensively interviewed Howard Hughes and edited a comprehensive autobiography: My life and opinions [by] Howard Hughes (1972). Eaton's work conveyed that Hughes had become obsessed with death and had amassed a vast library on the subject and had become fascinated with and a believer in cryogenics.[14]
Eaton's family Eaton had one full-sibling and four paternal half-siblings: one full-sister, three half-brothers, and a half-sister. One of his half-sisters, Julia (1924–2007), was married to Morris Abbott Van Nostrand, Jr. (1911–1995), a descendent of the first non-native child born in New Amsterdam.[15] Van Nostrand, from 1952 to 1990, had served as president of Samuel French, Inc., the world's oldest and largest play publisher and licensing agency. During his presidency, the company published every prominent 20th century playrwright, including 26 Pulitzer Prize winners and 14 Nobel Prize winners.[16] Eaton's father, William Arthur Eaton (1883–1974) had been a commander in the U.S. Navy.


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