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The Beloved Rogue (1927)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Drama, History | 12 March 1927 (USA)
François Villon, in his lifetime the most renowned poet in France, is also a prankster, an occasional criminal, and an ardent patriot.

Director:

Alan Crosland

Writers:

Paul Bern (screenplay), George Marion Jr. (titles) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
John Barrymore ... François Villon
Conrad Veidt ... King Louis XI
Marceline Day ... Charlotte de Vauxcelles
Lawson Butt ... Duke of Burgundy
Henry Victor ... Thibault d'Aussigny
Slim Summerville ... Jehan
Mack Swain ... Nicholas
Angelo Rossitto ... Beppo - the Dwarf
Nigel De Brulier ... Astrologer
Lucy Beaumont ... Villon's Mother
Otto Matieson ... Olivier (as Otto Mattiesen)
Jane Winton ... The Abbess
Rose Dione ... Margot
Bertram Grassby ... Duke of Orleans
Dick Sutherland ... Tristan l'Hermite
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Storyline

In 1432, while François Villon is still an infant, his father dies as a martyr to his devotion to France. François grows up to be a renowned poet, an ardent patriot, and a notorious carouser who is not above criminal acts. During the revels of All Fools Day, he insults Duke Charles of Burgundy, for which King Louis XI, who is afraid of Charles, banishes Villon from Paris. In exile outside the city walls, François looks for ways to protect France from Burgundy's plots. When Charles plans to have one of his associates marry the king's ward Charlotte, Villon successfully disrupts the engagement, but for so doing is sentenced to death. But Villon finds a way to exploit Louis's superstitious nature long enough to give him another chance to serve France, while at the same time seeking the hand of Charlotte. Written by Snow Leopard

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This is BARRYMORE at the peak of perfection! (Print Ad- Evening News, ((San Jose, Calif.)) 12 July 1927)


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 March 1927 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Vagabond Lover See more »

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Sound Mix:

Silent (musical score)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Henry Victor, Rose Dione and Angelo Rossitto would all have featured roles in Freaks (1932). See more »

Goofs

When Francois Villon is stripped and whipped in the dungeon the lacerations on his torso move between shots. See more »

Quotes

François Villon: Every man has two souls - one for the world, and one for the woman he loves.
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24 June 2014 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

François Villon (John Barrymore), in his lifetime the most renowned poet in France, is also a prankster, an occasional criminal, and an ardent patriot.

This film also stars Conrad Veidt as the king, though it is not one of Veidt's more notable performances. Director Alan Crosland would release his most well-known film, "The Jazz Singer", this same year.

This film was lost for some forty years until a beautiful tinted and toned copy was discovered in the late 1960s in the collection of film pioneer Mary Pickford. Pickford, an early champion of film preservation, tried saving all things "United Artist", the production company in which she was a founder.

Barrymore says he thought of his acting in this one as being hammy, and he was right. How much this was intended is unclear. Although a comedy to some degree, it is not a complete comedy, and the ham might be a bit out of place.


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