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The Beloved Rogue -- Depiction of France's rapscallion poet, thief and vagabond: François Villo). To prove his mettle, he bounds over the snowy rooftops of Paris, scales a castle tower, and is hurled skyward by the royal catapult.


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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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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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)
Jack Kenny ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Stubby Kruger ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Dickie Moore ... Baby Francois (uncredited)

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)

Did You Know?

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 »
Continuity: When Francois Villon is stripped and whipped in the dungeon the lacerations on his torso move between shots.See more »
François Villon:Happy is Paris, where fools reign once a year - while everywhere else the fools reign all the time!See more »
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12 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
An Entertaining Feature With An Excellent Role For John Barrymore, 31 January 2006
Author: Snow Leopard from Ohio

Besides being entertaining in itself, with plenty of action, wit, and more, this feature gives John Barrymore an excellent role that plays to his strengths and that gives him a lot of good material to work with. Barrymore's vigorous style works well in the role, and he has many opportunities for drama, humor, and romance.

The story is based very loosely on the life of the 15th century French poet François Villon, but it really only uses the character and the basics of the historical setting. The character that the script creates, though, is not only a great role for Barrymore, but is well-conceived as a movie character. And if Barrymore's entertaining portrayal of Villon, fanciful though it is, encourages anyone to find out more about the historical Villon, so much the better.

(The real Villon was both a worse criminal and a better poet than the movie suggests. A number of his crimes were truly harmful offenses, rather than the impish pranks that he plays in the movie. At the same time, his poetry was quite a bit deeper than is suggested by the occasional light verses in the inter-titles.)

Conrad Veidt is cast as King Louis XI, Villon's sometime friend and sometimes persecutor. Veidt gives a really good turn to the character, using his physical posture and mannerisms to suggest the king's complex character.

There are a number of good sequences that are sheer entertainment, such as the catapult scene and Villon's first visit to Charlotte's palace, and that are rather impressive on the production end too. The story as a whole is the best kind of historical melodrama, with numerous turns of fortune and plenty going on.

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