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 »
A timid British Army officer has quit and burns his last day summons to a war in Egypt. Calling him a coward, his girl friend and 3 officer friends give him a white feather. In redemption, he shadows his friends in war to save their lives.
C. Aubrey Smith
Architect Peter Ibbetson is hired by the Duke of Towers to design a building for him. Ibbetson discovers that the Duchess of Towers, Mary, is his now-grown childhood sweetheart. Their love ... See full summary »
Beau, John, and Digby Geste are three inseparable, adventurous brothers who haven been adopted into the wealthy household of Lady Brandon. When money in the uppercrust household grows tight, Lady Brandon is forced to sell her most treasured jewel the mighty "Blue Water" sapphire. The household gets it out for one final look, the lights go out and it vanishes stolen by one of the brothers, no doubt. That night, Beau, Digby, and John each "confess" and slip out, John leaving behind Isabel, whom he loves. They all join the Foreign Legion, and Beau and Digby are split from John and put under the command of the ruthless and sadistic Sergeant Markoff. Things begin to get hairy as the rest of the Legionaires plot a mutiny against Markoff, in the midst of an attack by Arab hordes.Written by
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One of over 700 Paramount productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. This was first released to DVD 31 May 2005 as one of 4 titles in Universal's Gary Cooper Franchise Collection and again as a single 7 July 2009 as part of the Universal Back Lot Series, and since that time has also enjoyed occasional airings on Turner Classic Movies. See more »
Beau's hands change position as John leaves the fort and again when Digby enters. See more »
Michael 'Beau' Geste:
There'll be a flag flying out there in the morning that I swore to uphold. Armies of good men have died for it gladly. It's a battle flag and it's a flag of victory. I'm rather proud to be under it. And I wouldn't want to go out in the morning like you and know that I was going to be a traitor to it!
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Opening credits prologue: "The love of a man for a woman wanes and waxes like the moon . . . but the love of brother for brother is steadfast as the stars, and endures like the word of the prophet."
I have seen this Old Chestnut, as they refer to old entertainment, several times. This is a terrific picture that gets better with the passage of time - mainly because it's a great movie and also because they don't make 'em like this anymore.
Whatever happened to Hollywood? Can't they make a picture for adults anymore? I don't mean X types, I mean with a plot for grownups. The plot of 'Beau Geste' has been synopsized by many reviewers and needs no further rehash, but it is a classic example of "escapist entertainment" prevalent in the late 30's in which you can put your mind in neutral and just go with the storyline, however illogical. It works here. The three leads, Cooper, Milland and Preston, play off each other extremely well, and the part of Markoff had to have been Brian Donlevy's best role - never cared for him very much.
I never took a film course - I just know what I like, as Justice Stewart once said. I know what movies are good...and the thief of the Blue Water is beside the point.
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