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Director:
Writers:
Robert Carson (screen play)
Percival Christopher Wren (based on the novel by)
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Release Date:
24 July 1939 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
THUNDERING DRAMA! (original ad - all caps) See more »
Plot:
Three adopted English brothers join the French Foreign Legion in North Africa, after one of them steals their adoptive family's famous heirloom sapphire. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for 2 Oscars. See more »
User Reviews:
Viewers Are Welcomed To Fort Zinderneuf See more (43 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Gary Cooper ... Beau Geste

Ray Milland ... John Geste

Robert Preston ... Digby Geste

Brian Donlevy ... Sergeant Markoff

Susan Hayward ... Isobel Rivers

J. Carrol Naish ... Rasinoff

Albert Dekker ... Schwartz

Broderick Crawford ... Hank Miller
Charles Barton ... Buddy McMonigal

James Stephenson ... Major Henri de Beaujolais
Heather Thatcher ... Lady Patricia Brandon
James Burke ... Lieutenant Dufour
G.P. Huntley ... Augustus Brandon (as George P. Huntley)

Harold Huber ... Voisin

Donald O'Connor ... Beau Geste as a Child
Billy Cook ... John Geste as a Child

Martin Spellman ... Digby Geste as a Child

Ann Gillis ... Isobel Rivers as a Child
David Holt ... Augustus Brandon as a Child
Harvey Stephens ... Lieutenant Martin

Stanley Andrews ... Maris
Harry Woods ... Renoir
Arthur Aylesworth ... Renault - A Deserter

Henry Brandon ... Renouf - Another Deserter
Barry Macollum ... Krenke
Ronald R. Rondell ... A Bugler (as Ronnie Rondell)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Joseph E. Bernard ... Legionnaire (uncredited)
George Chandler ... Legionnaire Cordier (uncredited)
Joseph William Cody ... Legionnaire (uncredited)
Joe Colling ... Trumpeter O. Leo (uncredited)

Gino Corrado ... Recruit Wearing Top Hat (uncredited)
Frank Dawson ... Burdon - Butler (uncredited)

Joe Gray ... Legionnaire (uncredited)
Duke Green ... Legionnaire Glock (uncredited)
Thomas E. Jackson ... Colonel in Recruiting Office (uncredited)
Gladys Jeans ... Girl in Saida Cafe (uncredited)

Bob Kortman ... Legionnaire (uncredited)
Larry Lawson ... Legionnaire (uncredited)
Tony Martelli ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Francis McDonald ... Arab Scout (uncredited)

Nestor Paiva ... Corporal Golas (uncredited)
Bob Perry ... Bald Legionnaire (uncredited)
George Regas ... Arab Scout (uncredited)
Jerome Storm ... Sergeant Major (uncredited)
Henry Sylvester ... Legionnaire (uncredited)
Carl Voss ... Legionnaire (uncredited)
Joe Whitehead ... Sergeant (uncredited)

Harry Worth ... Corporal (uncredited)

Directed by
William A. Wellman 
 
Writing credits
Robert Carson (screen play)

Percival Christopher Wren (based on the novel by)

Produced by
William A. Wellman .... producer
William LeBaron .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Alfred Newman 
 
Cinematography by
Theodor Sparkuhl (photographed by)
Archie Stout (photographed by)
 
Film Editing by
Thomas Scott (edited by)
 
Art Direction by
Hans Dreier 
Robert Odell 
 
Set Decoration by
A.E. Freudeman (interior decorations)
 
Costume Design by
Edith Head (costumes)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Richard Talmadge .... second unit director
Joseph C. Youngerman .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Hugo Grenzbach .... sound recordist
Walter Oberst .... sound recordist
 
Stunts
Joe Gray .... stunts (uncredited)
Duke Green .... stunts (uncredited)
Otto Metzetti .... stunt double: J. Carrol Naish (uncredited)
Otto Metzetti .... stunts (uncredited)
George Suzanne .... stunts (uncredited)
Richard Talmadge .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Cliff Shirpser .... assistant camera (uncredited)
George Trafton .... assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Edward B. Powell .... orchestral arrangements by (as Edward Powell)
Alfred Newman .... conductor (uncredited)
Troy Sanders .... music advisor (uncredited)
 
Other crew
H. Gerard .... technical advisor: colonel, French Foreign Legion (uncredited)
Slim Talbot .... stand-in: Gary Cooper (uncredited)
Louis Van der Ecker .... technical advisor (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
112 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Finland:K-16 | UK:A | USA:TV-PG | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #5240)

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Trivia:
Charles Barton, who has a small part as Buddy McMonigal, was at the time an assistant director at Paramount, having started his career as an actor. He had had a bad experience working as an A.D. to Paramount's top director, Cecil B. DeMille, on Union Pacific (1939) and refused to work with him again when he was assigned to. Paramount "demoted" him to a bit actor on this picture as punishment. Barton soon left Paramount for Columbia where he was made a director, and never worked for Paramount again.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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:
John Geste:Well, isn't anybody going to say a word?
Michael 'Beau' Geste:You young pup, we're both so disgusted with you we're speechless.
John Geste:I'm no worse than either of you.
Digby Geste:There's something in what he says.
Michael 'Beau' Geste:I insist I'm worse than he is. He didn't steal the Blue Water.
John Geste:Neither did you.
Digby Geste:No. As a matter of fact, I've got it.
Michael 'Beau' Geste:I'll be frank with you, gentlemen. I've got it. I intend to sell it for 30,000 pounds sometime in the future, and live a life of ease in Paris surrounded by whiskey, ladies, and laughter.
Digby Geste:Well that's funny. I'm going to sell it and go to Paris, too. Only I don't' want any laughter.
Michael 'Beau' Geste:One thing I counted on was my younger brother leading an upright life while I spent my ill-gotten gains.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Man with Bogart's Face (1980)See more »
Soundtrack:
The Legionnaire's SongSee more »

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11 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Viewers Are Welcomed To Fort Zinderneuf, 6 September 2000
Author: Ron Oliver (revilorest@juno.com) from Forest Ranch, CA

A magnificent blue sapphire is stolen from the English estate of Brandon Abbas. BEAU GESTE and his two younger brothers are all suspected of the crime. To save their family from dishonor, they each make their way to join the French Foreign Legion. In the emptiness of North Africa, supported only by their love for each other, they will encounter pure evil...

Not only a wonderful adventure story, BEAU GESTE is also a morality tale on the true meaning of courage, the loyalty of brother for brother, and the responsibilities of virtue when confronted by absolute evil. Examined this way, the film can be enjoyed by the thoughtful viewer on many levels.

In the title role, Gary Cooper is excellent, exuding quiet strength & righteousness. Robert Preston & Ray Milland, as his younger brothers, give top-notch support. Here is a band of brothers to be reckoned with.

But it is the villains who really steal the show. Brian Donlevy is unforgettable as Sergeant Markoff, a sadist from the lowest depths of hell. To watch him drive the defense of his outpost, using the living & the dead, is to see a man driven mad by the evil chewing away at his very soul.

J. Carrol Naish is equally memorable as Rasinoff the rat. A little man used to lies & thievery, he becomes the natural toady for Markoff. When his fear finally drives him insane atop the watch tower, and he begins to cackle like a beast, it is a horrible sound to hear.

Broderick Crawford appears as a cowboy turned legionnaire. Albert Dekker is formidable as a mutinous soldier. Adolescent Donald O'Connor plays young Beau.

Director William Wellman gave the film fine atmospherics. Who can forget, in the very first sequence, the quiet ride up to eerie Fort Zinderneuf, manned by its unblinking sentries? The flashback scenes are rather tedious, but when the plot returns to the desert, there's adventure enough for the most jaded viewer.

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