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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.


Alan Crosland


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




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


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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His wit made him leader of the vagabonds His pranks upset a King and a kingdom His romance and danger nearly upset him Did he win? Did he lose? You'll see it all in his first UNITED ARTISTS PICTURE (Print Ad- Greenfield Recorder, ((Greenfield, Mass.)) 6 July 1927) See more »


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


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François Villon: Every man has two souls - one for the world, and one for the woman he loves.
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The poem is mightier then the sword... or the king!
22 February 2021 | by CinemaSerfSee all my reviews

If you've seen "If I Were King" (either the 1920 or 1938 version), or read Sir Walter Scott's "Quentin Durward" (1823) then you will be familiar with the basis of this quite enjoyable, if a little slow, historical drama. François Villon (John Barrymore) is the populist poet who falls foul of King Louis XI (Conrad Veidt) when he offends the visiting Charles, Duke of Burgundy (Lawson Butt). Banished from Paris as a punishment, he must use his popularity - he has just been elected "King of the Fools" - and his contacts at the Court of Miracles, the ultimate den of iniquity, to keep his country from the encroaching Burgundians. Weidt steals this for me. He plays the shrewdly decrepit monarch remarkably well. Marceline Day is also quite fun as the pretty, and feisty, "Charlotte", the young girl to be traded to one of Charles' lieutenants "Thibault" (Henry Victor). Barrymore reminded me of a "Puck" style of character, mercurial and engaging with a sharp blade (and tongue) when required, and his efforts pay off well, most of the time. Apparently the bairn at the start is the young Dickie Moore whom you might recall from his 1933 title role in Oliver Twist - when he was but eight years old. It's a good watch, this film, and the inter-titles convey his wittily structured poetry effectively. I could just have done with a little more swashbuckling and a little less gymnastics.

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12 March 1927 (USA) See more »

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Silent (musical score)

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1.33 : 1
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