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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)


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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Hard lives, quick deaths, undying love!


Action | Adventure | Drama | War







Release Date:

25 August 1926 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Blutsbrüderschaft See more »


Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,708,926, 31 December 1927
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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


Referenced in Cinema Europe: The Other Hollywood: Opportunity Lost (1995) See more »

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Masterful Silent Classic!
22 July 2006 | by sunlilySee all my reviews

I was delighted to see Ronald Colman in the first silent that I've had the pleasure to watch him in! The cast is excellent, and the plot device of starting the movie at almost the end of the story, and going back in time to solve the mystery is unusual for the time and well conceived.

The plot revolves around three brothers, their love for each other, and a missing family jewel called "The Blue Water." The jewel is taken at the beginning of the movie, and Colman's character, the eldest Geste brother, Michael (Beau), is believed to be the culprit. The mystery of who took the priceless jewel and why, is solved as the story slowly unfolds with each brother joining the French Foreign Legion.

The desert shooting in this film is supposed to be some of the best ever photographed and the director, Herbert Brenon manages the Legionaries and Arabs treks across the desert splendidly! A fine cast with Neil Hamilton (Digby Geste), Ralph Forbes (John Geste), Alice Joyce (Lady Patricia Brandon), Noah Berry (Sgt. Lejaune), and William Powell (Boldini) go all out! This film is silent film making at it's best and rarely misses a beat! It will keep your attention from start to finish and is one of those films that must be watched closely in order not to miss out on the plot development and fine nuances of the characters.

I haven't yet viewed the remake with Gary Cooper, but it apparently follows almost verbatim with the original, which is the greatest of compliments!

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