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12 March 1927 (USA) See more »
François Villon, in his lifetime the most renowned poet in France, is also a prankster, an occasional criminal, and an ardent patriot. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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John Barrymore ... François Villon

Conrad Veidt ... King Louis XI

Marceline Day ... Charlotte de Vauxcelles
Lawson Butt ... Duke of Burgundy
Henry Victor ... Thibault d'Aussigny

Slim Summerville ... Jehan
Mack Swain ... Nicholas
Angelo Rossitto ... Beppo - the Dwarf
Nigel De Brulier ... Astrologer
Lucy Beaumont ... Villon's Mother
Otto Matieson ... Olivier (as Otto Mattiesen)

Jane Winton ... The Abbess
Rose Dione ... Margot
Bertram Grassby ... Duke of Orleans
Dick Sutherland ... Tristan l'Hermite
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Martha Franklin ... Maid (uncredited)
Stubby Kruger ... (uncredited)

Dickie Moore ... Baby Francois (uncredited)
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Directed by
Alan Crosland 
Writing credits
Paul Bern (screenplay)

George Marion Jr. (titles) and
Walter Anthony (titles)

John Barrymore  uncredited
Paul Bern  story

Cinematography by
Joseph H. August (photographed by) (as Joe August)
Film Editing by
Hal C. Kern 
Art Direction by
William Cameron Menzies 
Production Management
Walter Mayo .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gordon Hollingshead .... assistant director
Paul Malvern .... stunt double: John Barrymore (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Melbourne Spurr .... publicity photographer (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Frank Donnellan .... wardrobe manager
Other crew
Bryan Foy .... comedy construction (as Bryant Foy)
Ned Mann .... technical director (as Ned Herbert Mann)

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99 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Silent (musical score)
Canada:G (Ontario)

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Moore was chosen to play the young 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 »
François Villon:Every man has two souls - one for the world, and one for the woman he loves.See more »
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John Barrymore Is Fit to Be King, 13 April 2011
Author: wes-connors from Earth

In 15th century Paris, poetic lover John Barrymore (as Francois Villon) leads crowds in an extended celebration of "All Fools' Day" which irks King Conrad Veidt (as Louis XI). Consequently, Mr. Barrymore is banished to the outskirts. After Barrymore is caught sneaking back to the city, Mr. Veidt sentences him to death. Barrymore proves himself cleverer than your usual connoisseur of wine, women, and song. He convinces the superstitions Mr. Veidt their deaths are destined to occur within the same day, and becomes a pampered member of the court. Soon, Barrymore risks his life to rescue beautifully figured Marceline Day (as Charlotte), and save France...

This version of "If I Were King" is obviously tailor-made for Barrymore. The United Artists production values are very high.

Barrymore was one of the best actors around through the 1920s. He appeared in relatively few films, but they were carefully selected. Here, he is probably at his "hammiest" - which he admitted upon seeing the film at a crowded premiere. Not to be outdone, Veidt chews a fair share of the scenery. Lucy Beaumont leads an accomplished supporting cast. However hammy, Barrymore is highly appealing. He is also, despite reports to the contrary, still in peak physical form. Not only does Barrymore display boundless energy, he plays the last act in a loincloth. Barrymore was now in his mid-forties. His famed "Great Profile" is also very much in evidence.

******* The Beloved Rogue (3/12/27) Alan Crosland ~ John Barrymore, Conrad Veidt, Marceline Day, Lucy Beaumont

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