Beaucaire is a barber for the Royal French court who becomes a real "royal pain" for the king. As a result he is sent to the guillotine - however he is saved by the Duc de Chandre, who rescues and transports him to the Spanish court. While there Beaucaire poses as a noblesman. The only problem is, he gets into even more trouble. Written by
One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. See more »
References are made to the guillotine as a means of execution. The guillotine was not invented until the reign of King Louis XVI. See more »
"We're to be married--till death do us part!" ... "Oh, they're working on that!"
Foppish skewering of the Booth Tarkington novel, previously filmed with Rudolph Valentino in 1924. Bob Hope is dryly engaging as a barber in the French Court of King Louis XV who inadvertently gets his chambermaid-love banished to Spain, following her there while impersonating the Duc de Chandre, a notorious ladies' man who is to be married in an act of patriotism to the Princess of Spain. Seems lengthy at 93 minutes, with a few peaks and valleys in the plotting, and yet it's relaxed and pleasant enough to be palatable to even non-Hope buffs. Still, ace screenwriters Melvin Frank and Norman Panama don't know when to quit, and even the funny tag at the end is ultimately spoiled by unnecessary silliness. A couple of nice songs by Ray Evans and Jay Livingston, a good production, and a funny duel (with Hope's ski-slope nose getting caught in the harp strings) makes for a fitfully amusing time. ** from ****
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