Up 27,051 this week

Monsieur Beaucaire (1924)

 -  Drama | Romance  -  11 August 1924 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.9/10 from 386 users  
Reviews: 7 user | 1 critic

When M. Beaucaire, a handsome barber, catches the Duke of Winterset cheating at gambling, Beaucaire exacts Winterset's cooperation in sneaking Beaucaire into a great ball, disguised as the ... See full summary »



(novel), (play), 3 more credits »
0Check in

On Disc

at Amazon

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 88 titles
created 01 Feb 2011
a list of 29 titles
created 31 May 2012
a list of 599 titles
created 15 Jun 2012
a list of 727 titles
created 27 Mar 2013
a list of 41 titles
created 2 months ago

Related Items

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: Monsieur Beaucaire (1924)

Monsieur Beaucaire (1924) on IMDb 7.9/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Monsieur Beaucaire.


Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Action | Adventure | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The young Gascon D'Artagnan arrives in Paris, his heart set on joining the king's Musketeers. He is taken under the wings of three of the most respected and feared Musketeers, Porthos, ... See full summary »

Director: Fred Niblo
Stars: Adolphe Menjou, Mary MacLaren, Nigel De Brulier
Adventure | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A seemingly idiotic fop is really the courageous vigilante Zorro, who seeks to protect the oppressed.

Director: Fred Niblo
Stars: Douglas Fairbanks, Marguerite De La Motte, Robert McKim
All Night (1918)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A married society couple (Dorian and Warren) persuade an unmarried pair (Valentino and Myers) to take their places at a party while they pretend to be the servants.

Director: Paul Powell
Stars: Carmel Myers, Rudolph Valentino, Charles Dorian
Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

As Alice and Cora Munro attempt to find their father, a British officer in the French and Indian War, they are set upon by French soldiers and their cohorts, Huron tribesmen led by the evil... See full summary »

Directors: Clarence Brown, Maurice Tourneur
Stars: Wallace Beery, Barbara Bedford, Alan Roscoe
Valentino (1977)
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

In 1926 the tragic and untimely death of a silent screen actor caused female moviegoers to riot in the streets and in some cases to commit suicide - that actor was Rudolph Valentino. ... See full summary »

Director: Ken Russell
Stars: Rudolf Nureyev, Leslie Caron, Michelle Phillips
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

The spoiled young heir to the decaying Amberson fortune comes between his widowed mother and the man she has always loved.

Directors: Orson Welles, Fred Fleck, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Tim Holt, Joseph Cotten, Dolores Costello
Street Scene (1931)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Twenty-four hours elapse on the stoop of a Hell's Kitchen tenement as a microcosm of the American melting pot interacts with each other during a summer heatwave.

Director: King Vidor
Stars: Sylvia Sidney, William Collier Jr., Estelle Taylor
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Lil works for the Legendre Company and causes Bill to divorce Irene and marry her. She has an affair with businessman Gaerste and uses him to force society to pay attention to her. She has ... See full summary »

Director: Jack Conway
Stars: Jean Harlow, Chester Morris, Lewis Stone
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

After losing his father, a playboy moves in with his miserly uncle, who seeks to cheat him out of his inheritance.

Director: Rex Ingram
Stars: Alice Terry, Rudolph Valentino, Ralph Lewis
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

An Irish girl comes to America disguised as a boy to claim a fortune left to her brother who has died.

Director: Sidney Olcott
Stars: Marion Davies, Stephen Carr, J.M. Kerrigan
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Director: Victor Sjöström
Stars: Victor Sjöström, Concordia Selander, Greta Almroth


Cast overview, first billed only:
Duke de Chartres / Beaucaire
Princess Henriette
Lowell Sherman ...
Paulette Duval ...
John Davidson ...
Oswald Yorke ...
Flora Finch ...
Duchesse de Montmorency
Louis Waller ...
Ian Maclaren ...
Duke of Winterset
Frank Shannon ...
Templar Powell ...
H. Cooper Cliffe ...
Beau Nash
Downing Clarke ...
Lord Chesterfield


When M. Beaucaire, a handsome barber, catches the Duke of Winterset cheating at gambling, Beaucaire exacts Winterset's cooperation in sneaking Beaucaire into a great ball, disguised as the Duke de Chartres, and to introduce him to the beautiful Lady Mary. The disguised barber successfully pulls off the masquerade and is soon the toast of society. But Winterset is embittered at having been blackmailed so, and he sets out to destroy Beaucaire if he can do so without revealing his own duplicity. Written by Jim Beaver <>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Drama | Romance




Release Date:

11 August 1924 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Monsieur Beaucair  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


The Danish title is the same. See more »


Featured in Blue Skies (1946) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Better than its reputation suggests
19 August 2007 | by (Westchester County, NY) – See all my reviews

From the looks of it you'd think that this film was based on a story by a European playwright of the 18th century, the place and time of its setting, but in fact 'Monsieur Beaucaire' started life as a popular American novel of 1900, written by the Indianapolis-born author Booth Tarkington. The plot was entirely a product of the author's imagination (though some of the characters were based on real-life counterparts), while the milieu of the French royals and their aristocratic courtiers was the product of authorial research. Costume pictures were in vogue in the Hollywood of the mid-1920s, and the ultra-lavish court of King Louis XV offered splendid opportunities for studio costume and scenic designers. Paramount obviously didn't stint on the budget of this sumptuous film version, but the movie was costly in another sense of the word: leading man Rudolph Valentino took a lot of flak, even ridicule, over this project, and it's said that it caused his reputation lasting damage. Why? Largely because the publicity photos and posters that display him dressed as the Duke of Chartres, the "Prince of the Blood" he portrays—complete with knee breeches, lace ruffles, satin jacket, and powdered wig—make him look like a fop, and those critics and columnists who disliked him in the first place took this opportunity to cast aspersions on his masculinity. It was an ugly and unfair charge, but the most telling refutation can be found in the star's performance in the movie itself: the finery worn by the French nobility of this period was ornate and theatrical, but Rudy wears his outfits with a natural, casual elegance, with dignity and a touch of humor. In short, he does NOT come off as a fop! (No one gave John Barrymore a hard time when he dolled himself up to play Beau Brummel the same year, but then, Barrymore's sexuality was never in doubt, while there was always a hint of mystery concerning Valentino's private life that drew hostility from some quarters.) The problem with this movie isn't Valentino's performance and it certainly isn't his wardrobe, it's the antiquated directorial technique on display; that is, technique that was already antiquated when the film was made.

Director Sidney Olcott was a film pioneer whose directing career dated back to 1907. His best remembered work is From the Manger to the Cross, a film on the life of Christ which was produced in Palestine in 1912 near the original locations. That early feature still survives and holds up remarkably well today, but it appears that by the mid-1920s Olcott's cinematic skill was falling behind that of more innovative directors. Unfortunately, Monsieur Beaucaire looks stodgy and old-fashioned compared to concurrent works by rising talents such as Ernst Lubitsch. (Lubitsch had already demonstrated by this time that costume pictures can be stylish, sexy and fun.) Olcott makes a rather half-hearted attempt to be 'modern' in his staging of the first sword-fight sequence, when he limits the camera's viewpoint to a bystander's facial reaction while showing only the tips of the fighter's swords in the foreground, but the effect is gimmicky and unsatisfying: we don't want tricky camera angles, we want to see what's happening! The second fight sequence is a considerable improvement, and also reveals that, fancy duds notwithstanding, Valentino could handle swordplay. During this second sequence Olcott breaks down the fourth wall for a moment as Rudy lunges directly at the camera. Otherwise, however, the directorial approach is uninspired.

Perhaps the biggest problem here is clutter: there are too many title cards, the cards themselves are too wordy, and too many supporting characters are introduced who have little or nothing to do with the central plot. For all the unnecessary embellishments the story is a fairly straightforward one: Valentino is the Duke of Chartres, a member of the King's court and a royal favorite. He's interested in Princess Henriette (Bebe Daniels), but she's put off by his reputation and his closeness to the King's mistress. After defying a direct order from the King to marry Henriette, the Duke finds it expedient to flee the court for England. In Bath he assumes the identity of a humble barber. He becomes intrigued with Lady Mary, the Belle of Bath (Doris Kenyon), but she's put off by his lowly status. (It's always something!) Eventually, he returns to the French court and to Henriette, newly appreciative that she loves him for himself. That's the gist of it, but the screenwriters who adapted Tarkington's novel failed to streamline the story for the requirements of silent cinema, and Olcott lacked Lubitsch's facility for conveying plot points with witty visual ideas. The first section in the French court is especially draggy, but the tempo improves once Rudy reaches England and assumes his barber disguise. Eventually the story becomes more engaging, but over all the film falls short of the cinematic treat it could have been.

Valentino carries the proceedings with his undeniable charisma, but the numerous supporting players have little to do except pose in their fancy costumes; even such estimable talents as Bebe Daniels and Lowell Sherman are reduced to brief moments, while other characters register only as dress extras. It's a particular shame that Bebe's character is so relentlessly serious, since she had such a gift for comedy, and more humor would have given this production a boost. Monsieur Beaucaire has never had a very high reputation among silent film buffs, in part perhaps because it compares poorly to the two costume dramas Rudy made in the last year of his life, The Eagle and The Son of the Shiek, both of which were crafted with so much more flair and playful humor. Interestingly, when Monsieur Beaucaire itself was remade in the 1940s it was reworked as an outright comedy, and Valentino's role was assigned to the most unlikely successor imaginable: Bob Hope!

10 of 11 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Where can I get this film? spboschi
Discuss Monsieur Beaucaire (1924) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: