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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:
Beau, John, and Digby Geste are three inseparable, adventurous brothers who haven been adopted into the wealthy household of Lady Brandon... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for 2 Oscars. See more »
User Reviews:
In The French Foreign Legion See more (39 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 ... (uncredited)
Duke Green ... Legionnaire Glock (uncredited)
Thomas E. Jackson ... Colonel in Recruiting Office (uncredited)
Gladys Jeans ... Girl in Saida Cafe (uncredited)
Bob Kortman ... Maharaja's Agent (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)
 
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 | USA:TV-PG | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #5240)

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Trivia:
Film was honored on one of four 25¢ US commemorative postage stamps issued 23 March 1990 honoring classic films released in 1939. The stamp featured Gary Cooper as Beau Geste. The other films honored were Stagecoach (1939), The Wizard of Oz (1939), and Gone with the Wind (1939).See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: After Markoff puts the first corpse back on the wall to give the illusion that there are many legionnaires on the wall, it is clear that the "corpse" is still breathing.See more »
Quotes:
Lt. Martin:I just witnessed that little exhibition of yours, Markoff. I don't like it!
Markoff:You have to be strict with scum like that, sir.
Lt. Martin:They're men. They have their rights, guaranteed within the regulations.
Markoff:I'll keep within the regulations, sir.
Lt. Martin:You're a good soldier, Markoff, but I doubt if you're a good sergeant. If you're not, you won't last long in the Legion. Watch your step, or I'll break you!
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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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6 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
In The French Foreign Legion, 19 October 2009
Author: Lechuguilla from Dallas, Texas

It gets off to a great start ... as a mystery. A relief cavalry approaches a Saharan desert outpost called Fort Zinderneuf, enclosed on all four sides. A cursory investigation from the outside indicates that all the soldiers at the fort are dead, propped up like mannequins with guns in their hands as if prepared to shoot. Then, without warning, two shots are fired at the arriving cavalry from inside the fort. The head of the relief cavalry sends a soldier in to investigate, but he disappears. When the relief cavalry moves inside the fort, a note is found on the body of one of the dead soldiers. The note is a confession of theft of a high-priced sapphire.

"Beau Geste" is a rousing adventure story of three brothers who start out as close-nit siblings in a privileged English household, and end up as adults in North Africa, as part of the French Foreign Legion.

The plot structure is mostly one long flashback. After the opening mystery, the plot reverts back fifteen years to when the three brothers were kids, with dreams of being in the military. The plot then progresses forward to reveal their actions that led ultimately to the film's opening mystery.

The plot is okay but a tad weak in the middle Act. Too much emphasis is placed on the sadistic Sgt. Markoff (Brian Donlevy), leader of Fort Zinderneuf. He overshadows the three brothers, and is thus somewhat distracting.

The film's B&W visuals are quite good. Yet, this is one film I would like to have seen in color. All that sand and the emptiness of the desert contrasts nicely with the staid, claustrophobic Victorian interiors the three brothers grew up in.

Acting is acceptable overall. But Gary Cooper is miscast in the lead role. He looks too old to play Beau. And his acting is rather wooden. I would have preferred a younger, perhaps less well-known actor.

Background music is wasted. It's too nondescript to contribute any emotional tone to the story, and it is at times manipulative.

Overall, "Beau Geste" is an engaging adventure story, with themes of loyalty, bravery, and honor. Despite some minor irritations, it's a well-constructed, highly credible film, one that is definitely worth watching.

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