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Beau Geste
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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 »
NewsDesk:
(23 articles)
User Reviews:
Solid Hit 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:
At the film's world premiere, the first reel of the 1926 silent version of "Beau Geste" was shown just before the entire 1939 sound version, in an effort to demonstrate how far films had advanced in thirteen years. This almost backfired because the 1939 film apparently followed the 1926 one extremely closely, and some of the first-night critics were annoyed rather than pleased at this, feeling that the 1939 version should have been more imaginative. However, this did not keep the 1939 version from becoming a smash hit and a film classic.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Beau's hands change position as John leaves the fort and again when Digby enters.See more »
Quotes:
Markoff:Keep shooting, you scum! You'll get a chance yet to die with your boots on!See more »
Soundtrack:
The Legionnaire's SongSee more »

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9 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Solid Hit, 7 March 1999
Author: gbheron from Washington, DC

How different adventure movies from in the 1930s are from their counterparts today. Honor, loyalty, bravery, sacrifice...what concepts! Beau Geste has them all in spades.

A very interesting story, this movie is as much a mystery as adventure story. It spans 15 years, following three adopted brothers from their childhood in an English manor house to their membership in the French Foreign Legion and their stationing at a fort in the remote reaches of the Sahara.

If you are tired of the paperthin, hole-ridden plots of today's action movies that rely on CGI and special effects instead of story, then this movie is for you!

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