Years in the making, this film was beset by all sorts of financial and production problems. However, when it did finally reach the screen, it had a reasonable amount of box-office success, especially overseas. Gary Cooper once starred as the great Polo, as did Rory Calhoun (in a film that
was shooting at about the same time). Alain Delon was originally selected to play the lead in this version, however, Horst Buchholz became the man who brought pasta and gunpowder back from the Orient. Pope Gregory X, Alberti, sends the Venetian sailor to Asia with an offer of Catholic civilization
for the Mongol hordes, led by Quinn as Kublai Khan. Buchholz's journey takes him thr...