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Bardelys the Magnificent (1926)

Passed  -  Drama | Romance  -  30 September 1926 (USA)
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Rafael Sabatini's story of the swashbuckling era and of Bardeleys, the handsome courtier who could win any woman he set his mind to...and was not above boasting about it to all who would listen.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Eleanor Boardman ...
Roy D'Arcy ...
Lionel Belmore ...
Emily Fitzroy ...
Vicomtesse de Lavedan
George K. Arthur ...
St. Eustache
Arthur Lubin ...
Theodore von Eltz ...
Karl Dane ...
Edward Connelly ...
Fred Malatesta ...
John T. Murray ...
Joe Smith Marba ...
Innkeeper (as Joseph Marba)
Daniel G. Tomlinson ...
Emile Chautard ...


Rafael Sabatini's story of the swashbuckling era and of Bardeleys, the handsome courtier who could win any woman he set his mind to...and was not above boasting about it to all who would listen.

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Long thought lost, a print of this film was discovered in a private collection and restored for a DVD release. It was missing its third reel, but scenes from the trailer and production stills were edited in via a continuity script. See more »


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11 February 2010 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Bardelys the Magnificent (1926)

*** (out of 4)

Adapted from a Rafael Sabatini novel, this lavish MGM production features John Gilbert as Bardelys, a wife stealing rebel who defies the wishes of the King and just does things his own way. He eventually meets and begins to fall in love with the beautiful Roxalanne de Lavedan (Eleanor Boardman) but the evil Chatellerault (Roy D'Arcy) has his own plans for the lady. This swashbuckling saga was lost for many decades until a print turned up in 2006 and in pretty good shape. There's a small section that is still missing but the restorers just used some scenes from a trailer and a photo recreation to help fill these segments in. This is certainly well worthy of being discovered because this is a rare case where a lost movie turns up to be a major find and a good movie at that. The flick is what I'd call a spoof because I think both Vidor and Gilbert are having fun and making fun of folks like Fairbanks and all their swashbuckling action pictures. Just take a look at a hilarious scene early on where Gilbert is kissing a man's wife when the husband comes in the room screaming at him. Gilbert, calmly, tells him that it's rude to be speaking so loudly and then goes back to kissing his wife. The love story between Gilbert and Boardman is actually pretty good and believable as is the hatred between he and D'Arcy. The ending goes out with a major bang that I won't ruin but some of the stunts here are extremely impressive and especially one where Gilbert must walk up the side of a castle. Gilbert, as expected, is perfect for the role here as I've never seen him so dashing or charming. I'm not sure what type of make up was used by he seems to have a glow around him as he dashing from one scene to the next. Both Boardman and D'Arcy are good as well even though they can never match Gilbert. Vidor does a fine job at keeping the film moving as the pacing is very good as are the action scenes.

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