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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:
Gallantly they lived and died See more (47 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 (as Arthur Aylsworth)

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 (as A William A. Wellman Production also)
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 
 
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 recording
Walter Oberst .... sound recording
 
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 (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 (original rating) (passed with cuts) | UK:PG (video rating) (1992) | USA:TV-PG | USA:Passed (Classified and Passed by) (The National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (MPPDA rating: certificate #5240)

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Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Factual errors: When the "Blue Water" is "stolen" with the lights out it appears pitch black, but that can't be correct because there is a bright fire burning in the fireplace.See more »
Quotes:
Markoff:And now, you scum, it's my turn. I'm going to give you a lesson in putting down an attempted mutiny that'll be the last thing you'll ever see. Maybe this'll make you die happy. Markoff thanks you. When he's an officer and has the Legion of Honor, he'll think often of the stupid, blundering pigs that put him where he is.See more »
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Soundtrack:
The Legionnaire's SongSee more »

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17 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Gallantly they lived and died, 2 March 2006
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

The three Geste brothers, wards of their Aunt Patricia, go off to the Foreign Legion because they are suspected of stealing a family jewel, the Blue Water sapphire. It's a question of family honor and pride back in the day when this was thought to be a real virtue.

Beau Geste continues as a story about the Geste brothers in the Foreign Legion. Since they are all adopted wards with no clue as their real origins, that might account for the distinctly non-British speech of Gary Cooper as Beau and Robert Preston as Digby. Ray Milland as the youngest brother John was presumably influenced by British speech at a young enough age.

Though the three brother leads perform more than adequately, Beau Geste is truly a film where the character actors take over. Brian Donlevy was given his one and only Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor as the sadistic Sergeant Markov. You won't forget him, I promise you.

Three others that also stand out are Albert Dekker who leads a mutiny against Markov at the distant outpost of Fort Zinderneuf and Stanley Andrews as Maris who tries to prevent the mutiny. And last but certainly not least is J. Carrol Naish who is Rassinov the eyes and ears of Markov among the men. Naish was an amazingly versatile character actor who played just about every ethnic type you could name. He blended into his characters so well he almost has no identity of his own on screen. And that hyenish high-pitched cackle that he uses for Rassinov will linger with you forever.

Susan Hayward is in this also as the love interest for Ray Milland. She's young and pretty wasted in a thankless role in a male dominated film. No hint at all here of the characters she later portrayed like Lillian Roth or Barbara Graham.

Beau Geste is the kind of adventure story for those who like their heroes gallant and romantic as so many of us do.

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