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Beau Geste (1939)

Passed | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 24 July 1939 (USA)
Three adopted English brothers join the French Foreign Legion in North Africa, after one of them steals their adoptive family's famous heirloom sapphire.

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Storyline

Beau, John, and Digby Geste are three inseparable, adventurous brothers who haven been adopted into the wealthy household of Lady Brandon. When money in the uppercrust household grows tight, Lady Brandon is forced to sell her most treasured jewel the mighty "Blue Water" sapphire. The household gets it out for one final look, the lights go out and it vanishes stolen by one of the brothers, no doubt. That night, Beau, Digby, and John each "confess" and slip out, John leaving behind Isabel, whom he loves. They all join the Foreign Legion, and Beau and Digby are split from John and put under the command of the ruthless and sadistic Sergeant Markoff. Things begin to get hairy as the rest of the Legionaires plot a mutiny against Markoff, in the midst of an attack by Arab hordes. Written by Sam Hayes <gshayes@mail.gwi.net>

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Three against the world...brothers and soldiers all! See more »

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Action | Adventure | Drama | War

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24 July 1939 (USA)  »

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Drei Fremdenlegionäre  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Gary Cooper was not in the original Beau Geste (1926), but he did appear both in this remake of it and in the sequel to it, Beau Sabreur (1928). William A. Wellman declined the job of directing the latter film but did direct this one. See more »

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It is night when Markoff and the others go into the barracks to stop the mutiny, but it is midmorning when they come out. See more »

Quotes

Rasinoff: [about Markoff] Oh... he's a madman! He was expelled from a Siberian penal colony for cruelty!
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Referenced in Welcome Back, Kotter: Beau's Jest (1978) See more »

Soundtracks

The Legionnaire's Song
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Music by Troy Sanders
Lyrics by Frank Loesser
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A Gem
19 December 2003 | by ((e.g. London, England)) – See all my reviews

A really memorably "evil" villain.. A noble protagonist.. Haunting mystery that for moments takes us ahead to the "Portrait of Jennie".. Surreal moments that remain on the thinking mind for a very long time.. Black and White composition.. What more to ask of a film?

Only a racist or a dull would fail to appreciate such a masterpiece. Strongly recommended. Study material.


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