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Beau Geste (1926)

Michael "Beau" Geste leaves England in disgrace and joins the infamous French Foreign Legion. He is reunited with his two brothers in North Africa, where they face greater danger from their... See full summary »

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Herbert Brenon

Writers:

Herbert Brenon (adaptation), John Russell (adaptation) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ronald Colman ... Michael 'Beau' Geste
Neil Hamilton ... Digby Geste
Ralph Forbes ... John Geste
Alice Joyce ... Lady Patricia Brandon
Mary Brian ... Isabel Rivers
Noah Beery ... Sgt. Lejaune
Norman Trevor ... Maj. de Beaujolais
William Powell ... Boldini
George Regas ... Maris
Bernard Siegel ... Schwartz
Victor McLaglen ... Hank
Donald Stuart Donald Stuart ... Buddy
Paul McAllister Paul McAllister ... St. Andre
Redmond Finlay Redmond Finlay ... Cordere
Bhogwan Singh ... Prince Ram Singh (as Ram Singh)
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Storyline

Michael "Beau" Geste leaves England in disgrace and joins the infamous French Foreign Legion. He is reunited with his two brothers in North Africa, where they face greater danger from their own sadistic commander than from the rebellious Arabs. Written by Marg Baskin <marg@asd.raytheon.ca>

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Hard lives, quick deaths, undying love!

Genres:

Action | Adventure | Drama | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 August 1926 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Blutsbrüderschaft See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,708,926, 31 December 1927
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

This film was accompanied by Buster's Dark Mystery (1927) and an installment of Perils of the Jungle (1927) during its release in St. Petersburg, Florida, in February, 1927. See more »

Alternate Versions

A VHS version in Argentina seems to have been lifted from a worn, but acceptable, 16mm print. This print features organ music accompaniment and the editors added Spanish language subtitles. See more »

Connections

Spoofed in Beau Hunks (1931) See more »

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Quite an experience
7 August 2003 | by Kieran_KenneySee all my reviews

Not a dull moment awaits the viewer in Beau Geste. Quite honestly, it's never boring. The great action scenes, great story telling, superb acting, fabulous art direction and amazing camerawork hold it up just as well today as in 1926.

Now, I'm not a fan of sweeping epics. I, for one, hate David Lean's work with a passion. But in the silent days, many a great epic film was made, and this in one of them.

Probably the most incredible thing is the sheer size of this movie. The opening scenes of the french troops advancing toward the fort, or later with the arabs doing the same thing, are astounding. Unlike in Lean's work, where crowds of chattering background players rush about in every direction, director Herbert Brennon skillfully weaves his literal army of extras over the sand dunes, obviously going to great lengths to ensure that he gets a breathtaking shot. And cinematographer Roy Hunt captures it impeccably, only as an artist would. I'd like to see more of his.

I saw this movie last night in a restored silent movie theater with live organ accompaniment. The organist, the incredible Dennis James, mentioned that some audience members might feel that they had seen this film before, only that they thought that it was with Gar Cooper. I haven't seen that version, but apparently it's almost a shot-for-shot remake. I'd love to see it if it's even half as good as this one.


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