An American joins the French Foreign Legion in order to rescue a boyhood friend.

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Complete credited cast:
Frank McCormick ...
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Lester Vail ...
Otto Matieson ...
Jacob Levine (as Otto Matiesen)
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Ramon Gonzales
Bernard Siegel ...
Ivan Badinoff
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Lady Brandon
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Mrs. Frank Madison
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Isobel Brandon
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Judge Advocate (as John M. St. Polis)
Joe De Stefani ...
Prosecuting Attorney (as Joseph De Stefani)
Paul McAllister ...
Sergeant Frederic
Hale Hamilton ...
Major LeBaudy
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The Emir
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Zuleika
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Storyline

In England, Otis Madison learns from the girl that he loves, Isobel Brandon, that the man she loves is his best friend, John Geste, and so there is nothing that Otis can do but stiffen his upper lip and set sail for Morocco and tell John that he is the man that Isobel loves. This is not easy to do as John is confined to a prison for disgraced Legionaires and the people who put him there aren't overly concerned about who Isobel loves. But the resourceful John promises his love to an Arabian beauty, Zuleika, the 'Angel of Death', which gets him out of prison, and then he has to go after the evil Emir who caused him to fall into disgrace. Isobel waits patiently in England. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Again the savage glamor of the Sahara....The Foreign Legion...a Reckless Regiment of Gallant Men and Adventurous Rascals in a Thrilling Tale only P. C. Wren can write! (original ad) See more »

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Adventure | Romance | War

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25 January 1931 (USA)  »

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Framlingslegionen  »

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A colossal flop, the film lost nearly $350,000, an astronomical amount of money in the early 1930s. As a result, the story of the Geste family was considered such a financial risk that producers weren't sure that making Beau Geste (1939) eight years later was a good idea. See more »

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Follows Beau Sabreur (1928) See more »

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Bitter Geste
20 January 2013 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

American adventurer Lester Vail (as Otis Madison) joins the French Foreign Legion to find boyhood pal Ralph Forbes (as John Geste). They face danger and fight Arabs. Although the men often seem like they'd be more interested in each other, they are rivals for beautiful Loretta Young (as Isobel Brandon). This sequel to "Beau Geste" (1926) features the same sort of story, but falls like sand through an hourglass. Reprising their parts in the earlier film are Mr. Forbes and director Herbert Brenon. After guiding several classics, Mr. Brenon was highly regarded. He seems to be having some trouble coordinating the new sound of motion pictures with his usual skill. The script is confusing and the performances histrionic.

**** Beau Ideal (1/19/31) Herbert Brenon ~ Lester Vail, Ralph Forbes, Loretta Young, Don Alvarado


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