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Beau Brummel (1924)

George Bryan Brummel, a British military officer, loves Lady Margery, the betrothed of Lord Alvanley. Despite her own desperate love for Brummel, she submits to family pressure and marries ... See full summary »

Director:

Harry Beaumont

Writers:

Clyde Fitch (play), Dorothy Farnum
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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Barrymore ... George Bryon 'Beau' Brummel
Mary Astor ... Lady Margery Alvanley
Willard Louis ... Prince of Wales
Carmel Myers ... Lady Hester Stanhope
Irene Rich ... Frederica Charlotte - Duchess of York
Alec B. Francis ... Mortimer
William Humphrey ... Lord Alvanley
Richard Tucker ... Lord Stanhope
George Beranger ... Lord Byron
Clarissa Selwynne ... Mrs. Wertham
John J. Richardson ... Poodles Byng
Claire de Lorez Claire de Lorez ... Lady Manly
Michael Dark ... Lord Manly
Templar Saxe ... Desmond Wertham
James A. Marcus James A. Marcus ... Snodgrass - the Innkeeper
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George Bryan Brummel, a British military officer, loves Lady Margery, the betrothed of Lord Alvanley. Despite her own desperate love for Brummel, she submits to family pressure and marries Lord Alvanley. Brummel, broken-hearted, embarks upon a life of revelry. He befriends the Prince of Wales and leaves the army, becoming subsequently the best-known rake and decider of fashion in Europe. As his affairs flourish, so does his disdain for his benefactor, the Prince. Eventually Brummel falls into disfavor, and it is only Lady Margery who has any chance of helping him. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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...the Most Beautiful Romance in all History See more »

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Drama | History | Romance

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During filming, John Barrymore (I)and Willard Louis would replace their scripted dialogue with dirty jokes and foul language, thinking no one would notice in a silent film. However, this was a time when deaf people could comfortably go to the movies and many of them were quite adept at reading lips. As a result, the studio received thousands of letters of complaint. See more »

Quotes

Prince of Wales: Egad, sir, what a beautiful woman!
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Alternate Versions

The Turner Classic Movies version features a new score recorded in stereophonic sound. See more »

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Version of Beau Brummell (1954) See more »

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Regency Social Climber
29 January 2008 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

In presenting the story of Beau Brummel, Warner Brothers did an infinitely better job than MGM in the Fifties in that film that starred Stewart Granger, Elizabeth Taylor and Peter Ustinov. Though this is a silent film and sadly silent because we don't get the benefit of John Barrymore's magnificent speaking voice, still the essence of Brummel as a Regency social climber comes through.

That was the problem with the Granger/Taylor version. It presented a Brummel who tried to interfere in the political issues of the day. The real Beau could have cared less for what was going on in Parliament with Pitt and Fox going at each other. That's the Beau that Barrymore gives us in this version.

Barrymore also succeeds in making Beau a more real person. This is a very hard character to bring to life because Brummel didn't really accomplish anything. He was a soldier who resigned his commission in the army to pal around with the Prince Regent. He didn't stand for anything, create anything, espouse a popular cause. He got involved in a couple of Regency Scandals and eventually the Prince of Wales got bored with him.

We don't like the Brummel that Barrymore creates, but we do get some insights into a man who did let some real chances in life slip by.

Mary Astor and Irene Rich and Carmel Myers play a trio of the women in his life. Willard Louis perfectly recreates my own conception of what the weight challenged Prince of Wales who later become George IV was like. Not easy to do because even in the Granger/Taylor version of the story, Peter Ustinov easily walked off with acting honors. There's also a nice performance by Alec Francis as Barrymore's devoted valet.

The end of the film with the dying Brummel going through dementia is silent screen acting at its finest and some of the best work I've seen John Barrymore do. Try to catch this film when broadcast next.


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Country:

USA

Language:

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Release Date:

30 March 1924 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$290,705
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Warner Bros. See more »
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(Ontario) | (TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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