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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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Ah, What a Picture! Enough important players to make a half-dozen features! (original ad) See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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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 »

Filming Locations:

Pasadena, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$490,467
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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

In one long shot of the king's procession, overhead utility lines are visible. See more »

Quotes

Vicomtesse de Lavedan: I'm all in a twitter - - that dreadful Bardelys is coming here!
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Featured in Show People (1928) See more »

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A little slow, but it has its moments
12 June 2018 | by gbill-74877See all my reviews

John Gilbert and Elenor Boardman make a beautiful pair, and their scene at the lake, boating under willow trees, is romantic and rather steamy for 1926. That scene alone makes the film worth watching, and it's fun to see the dashing Gilbert later make a great escape, scramble up a castle, and engage in sword fights that may remind you of Errol Flynn a decade later. Gilbert seems underrated today given how popular he was in the 1920's, and his personal story - clashing with studio head Louis B. Mayer over his high salary ($250,000 for each of six films), his near marriage to Greta Garbo in what would have been a double ceremony with Boardman and director King Vidor, etc - is fascinating. While the film has its moments, it also trundles along at a slow pace, and the plot is rather mundane, so keep your expectations grounded.


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