7.5/10
586
13 user 6 critic

The Beloved Rogue (1927)

François Villon, in his lifetime the most renowned poet in France, is also a prankster, an occasional criminal, and an ardent patriot.

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (titles) | 2 more credits »
Reviews

Watch Now

With Prime Video

WATCH NOW
ON DISC
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Svengali (1931)
Drama | Horror | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Through hypnotism and telepathic mind control, a sinister music maestro controls the singing voice, but not the heart, of the woman he loves.

Director: Archie Mayo
Stars: John Barrymore, Marian Marsh, Donald Crisp
Don Juan (1926)
Certificate: Passed Adventure | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

In 16th Century Italy, devil-may-care playboy Don Juan runs afoul of the despotic Borgias.

Director: Alan Crosland
Stars: Jane Winton, John Roche, Warner Oland
Arsène Lupin (1932)
Crime | Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A detective is tasked to capture an elusive thief called Arsene Lupin.

Director: Jack Conway
Stars: John Barrymore, Lionel Barrymore, Karen Morley
Certificate: Passed Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A prince plots to kill the mad monk Rasputin for the good of the czar, the czarina and Russia.

Directors: Richard Boleslawski, Charles Brabin
Stars: John Barrymore, Ethel Barrymore, Lionel Barrymore
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A lawyer defends his wife, a pathological liar, in a murder trial.

Director: Wesley Ruggles
Stars: Carole Lombard, Fred MacMurray, John Barrymore
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A flamboyant Broadway impresario who has fallen on hard times tries to get his former lover, now a Hollywood diva, to return and resurrect his failing career.

Director: Howard Hawks
Stars: John Barrymore, Carole Lombard, Walter Connolly
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Successful attorney has his Jewish heritage and poverty-stricken background brought home to him when he learns his wife has been unfaithful.

Director: William Wyler
Stars: John Barrymore, Bebe Daniels, Doris Kenyon
Drama | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Dr. Henry Jekyll experiments with scientific means of revealing the hidden, dark side of man and releases a murderer from within himself.

Director: John S. Robertson
Stars: John Barrymore, Martha Mansfield, Brandon Hurst
Drama | Horror | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A crippled man finds a boy and vows to make him a great dancer.

Director: Michael Curtiz
Stars: John Barrymore, Marian Marsh, Charles Butterworth
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Carl Bellairs and Lindsey Lane, his daughter, meet many years after he deserted her and her mother. They don't much like each other, but wind up working in the same nightclub. Bellairs ... See full summary »

Director: Ernest B. Schoedsack
Stars: John Barrymore, Helen Chandler, Donald Cook
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Affluent Millicent and Oliver Jordan throw a dinner for a handful of wealthy and/or well-born acquaintances, each of whom has much to reveal.

Director: George Cukor
Stars: Marie Dressler, John Barrymore, Wallace Beery
Eternal Love (1929)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

In the Swiss Alps of the early 19th century, a couple forced into loveless marriages struggle to find happiness with one another.

Director: Ernst Lubitsch
Stars: John Barrymore, Camilla Horn, Victor Varconi
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
...
...
...
Duke of Burgundy
...
Thibault d'Aussigny
...
Jehan
...
Nicholas
...
Beppo - the Dwarf
...
Astrologer
...
Villon's Mother
Otto Matieson ...
Olivier (as Otto Mattiesen)
...
The Abbess
Rose Dione ...
Margot
...
Duke of Orleans
...
Edit

Storyline

In 1432, while François Villon is still an infant, his father dies as a martyr to his devotion to France. François grows up to be a renowned poet, an ardent patriot, and a notorious carouser who is not above criminal acts. During the revels of All Fools Day, he insults Duke Charles of Burgundy, for which King Louis XI, who is afraid of Charles, banishes Villon from Paris. In exile outside the city walls, François looks for ways to protect France from Burgundy's plots. When Charles plans to have one of his associates marry the king's ward Charlotte, Villon successfully disrupts the engagement, but for so doing is sentenced to death. But Villon finds a way to exploit Louis's superstitious nature long enough to give him another chance to serve France, while at the same time seeking the hand of Charlotte. Written by Snow Leopard

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

france | patriot | king | burgundy | martyr | See All (16) »


Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

12 March 1927 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Vagabond Lover  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(musical score)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Dickie Moore was chosen to play the young John Barrymore when Joseph Selznick coincidently saw him when picking up his mother to drive her to the studio. The only controversy occurred when young Moore as Barrymore was supposed to drink Coca-Cola instead of wine from his baby bottle. The mother asked that prune juice be substituted, See more »

Goofs

When Francois Villon is stripped and whipped in the dungeon the lacerations on his torso move between shots. See more »

Quotes

François Villon: Happy is Paris, where fools reign once a year - while everywhere else the fools reign all the time!
See more »

Connections

Version of The Vagabond King (1930) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Why Silents are Beloved and should be PRESERVED!!!
9 November 2009 | by See all my reviews

This film is a good start for novices that have never watched a 'Silent Film' and for those who believe that quality Cinema started with their generations efforts. They are doing a disservice to themselves by not expanding their horizons. The 'Silent Film' is a art-form of acting in pantomime that is different from the sound film and the stage, it can stands on it's own merits.

THE BELOVED ROGUE (1927) United Artists is a fictionalized history of the relationship of French Poet 'Francois Villon' and 'King Louis XI'. Through 'Villons' prodding 'King Louis' will defeat his nemesis 'Duke of Burgandy' minimize the Feudal System and establish the KING as head of the State and the beginnings of modern France.

The cast is exceptional, lead by JOHN BARRYMORE (yes, Drew's GrandFather). For those who only remember him for the decaying actor 'Larry Renault' in DINNER AT EIGHT (1933) or the ham in THE INVISABLE WOMEN (1940) this will be a revelation. Fit, trim with the 'Great Profile' still in evidence he commands the screen. Co-Starring in his first American film is CONRAD VEIDT with his 'cadaverous spider' interpretation of 'Louis XI'. This is a duel of acting titans, each not giving the other a inch. On a trivia note is Character Actor and Dwarf ANGELO ROSSITTO in his first film, his last, MAD MAX BEYOND THUNDERDOME (1985). There are other character actors who would continue in sound that are easily picked up on.

United Artists spared no expense in this handsome production supervised by WILLIAM CAMERON MENZIES. Costumes, Props and Sets are well done and not exaggerated like in a DOUGLAS FAIRBANKS productions. There is a touch of reality here. The copy on DVD that we watched from 'Delta Entertainment' came from a good master. Though not 'restored' its musical soundtrack was clear and the print only suffered from nuisance black-spots (dirt) and drop-outs. The only major damage at the end of the last reel from water. 'Kino' also has a edition which may be of a better quality since they do major restorations on their prints. Best check with them. In our opinion this is a 'must have' particularly if you have no 'silents' in your collection. This is a good place to start.


6 of 7 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?
Review this title | See all 13 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

The New Class of Holiday Classics

"The IMDb Show" breaks down some of the most memorable and festive animated holiday specials and connects the dots between IMDb's Top 10 Stars of 2017.

Watch now