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Bardelys the Magnificent (1926)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 30 September 1926 (USA)
Rafael Sabatini's story of the swashbuckling era and of Bardeleys, the handsome courtier who could win any woman he set his mind to...and was not above boasting about it to all who would listen.

Director:

King Vidor

Writers:

Rafael Sabatini (novel), Dorothy Farnum (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Gilbert ... Marquis Christian de Bardelys
Eleanor Boardman ... Roxalanne de Lavedan
Roy D'Arcy ... Comte de Chatellerault
Lionel Belmore ... Vicomte de Lavedan
Emily Fitzroy ... Vicomtesse de Lavedan
George K. Arthur ... Chevalier de Saint Eustache
Arthur Lubin ... King Louis XIII
Theodore von Eltz ... René de Lesperon
Karl Dane ... Rodenard
Edward Connelly ... Cardinal Richelieu
Fred Malatesta ... Castelrous
John T. Murray ... Lafosse
Joe Smith Marba Joe Smith Marba ... Innkeeper (as Joseph Marba)
Daniel G. Tomlinson Daniel G. Tomlinson ... Sergeant of Dragoons
Emile Chautard ... Anatol
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Storyline

In the court of French king Louis XIII, a courtier named Bardelys carries with him a grand reputation as an irresistible ladies' man. When another figure in the court, Chatellerault, fails to win the hand of the beautiful Roxalanne (whose family fortune the king wishes to bring under his control), Bardelys suggests that he could win the young woman's hand. Thus a bet is made, and Bardelys embarks on the pursuit of Roxalanne and her fortune. But intrigue and mistaken identity lead Bardelys into grave danger. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Taglines:

A DEVIL WITH THE WOMEN! - A TERROR WITH THE MEN! (original poster - all caps) See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 September 1926 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bardelys el magnífico See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$490,467, 31 December 1927
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

According to Turner Classic Movies host Robert Osborne, the reason this film was (almost) lost was that Rafael Sabatini, the author of the book, didn't sell the movie rights to MGM outright. Instead, he leased them for 10 years, and in 1936 MGM chose not to renew the lease because it decided that a silent film with a now-dead star no longer had commercial value. So, according to the terms of Sabatini's contract, MGM destroyed the negative and all known prints. See more »

Goofs

It is odd that loyalist and judge Chatellerault should propose marriage to a woman from what he know is a rebel family which is of such repugnance to the king that he forbids Bardelys from proposing to her. See more »

Quotes

Bardelys: I can win any woman I want for my wife - - but, Mon Dieu, I don't want a wife!
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Silent Swashbuckler.
1 August 2009 | by MozjoukineSee all my reviews

Well first of all, M. BEAUCAIRE is Booth Tarkington and not Sabatini but it's still a pleasure to see this as an early entry in the MGM Sabatini cycle, along with a couple of Scaramouches, especially when it had been lost for so long. The copy seems incomplete outside the missing reel. Where is Edward Connelly's Cardinal Richelieu? The subject is not a good match with the talents of King Vidor. La BOHEME is a much better film and it appears perverse to have him do it, when Victor Seastrom, one of the originators and masters of the costume movie was on the MGM pay roll.

Vidor gives it good try and seems to have a nice rapport with the leads. Gilbert was at his peak and radiates star power here and Eleanor Boardman is a nice departure from heroines in ringlets. Their relationship makes the piece agreeable and the action climax, while it is sub Fairbanks, is ingeniously staged, making great use of the lances and having some striking downward shots.

This is an agreeable missing piece in the film history jig saw.


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