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Beau Ideal (1931)

Passed | | Adventure, Romance, War | 25 January 1931 (USA)
An American joins the French Foreign Legion in order to rescue a boyhood friend.



(by) (as Percival C. Wren), (adapted by) | 1 more credit »

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Complete credited cast:
Frank McCormick ...
Carl Meyer
Otto Matieson ...
Jacob Levine (as Otto Matiesen)
Ramon Gonzales
Ivan Badinoff
Lady Brandon
Mrs. Frank Madison
Judge Advocate (as John M. St. Polis)
Joe De Stefani ...
Prosecuting Attorney (as Joseph De Stefani)
Paul McAllister ...
Sgt. Frederic
Maj. LeBaudy
The Emir


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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25 January 1931 (USA)  »

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Fremmedlegionens Helte  »

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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 »


Follows Beau Geste (1926) See more »


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Music by J.S. Zamecnik
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There's Certainly Something Missing from This
21 January 2013 | by See all my reviews

Beau Ideal (1931)

** (out of 4)

Pervical Christopher Wren's sequel to Beau Geste has John Geste (Ralph Forbes) joining the French Foreign Legion after his love Isobel (Loretta Young) informs him that their friend (Frank McCormick) has joined. Pretty soon Geste finds himself in the desert and accused of leading a mutiny that he had nothing to do with. BEAU IDEAL has pretty much been forgotten today and if someone has heard of it it's probably because of how poorly it did when it was originally released. The film's quality also has a pretty low reputation but I didn't find the movie all that bad, although there's clearly something missing from it. The entire film has an incredibly strange structure that starts off with the two friends in the bottom of a dungeon and then we flashback to when they were children and then we flash-forward to a sequence between jumping yet again. I'm really not sure what the point of this was as it really adds nothing to the film and it also seems that more footage is missing. The film runs 80-minutes and while watching it I really wondered if perhaps it originally ran a lot longer but the studio cut it down before release. There are so many side plots that happen yet seem to never be mentioned again. The film also has some pretty bad moments that could become a cult classic if people actually watched the film. One example is the poor acting during the opening sequence and another happens during the mutiny in the desert. Both of these scenes are so poorly done that they will bring laughs when they're meant to be dramatic. Forbes isn't too bad in his role but he's certainly far from memorable. Young is pretty much in thankless cameo and it's funny seeing her working with the director again after the abuse he gave her on LAUGH CLOWN LAUGH.

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