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Beau Geste (1939)

Passed | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 24 July 1939 (USA)
Three adopted English brothers join the French Foreign Legion in North Africa, after one of them steals their adoptive family's famous heirloom sapphire.

Director:

William A. Wellman

Writers:

Robert Carson (screen play), Percival Christopher Wren (based on the novel by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gary Cooper ... Beau Geste
Ray Milland ... John Geste
Robert Preston ... Digby Geste
Brian Donlevy ... Sergeant Markoff
Susan Hayward ... Isobel Rivers
J. Carrol Naish ... Rasinoff
Albert Dekker ... Schwartz
Broderick Crawford ... Hank Miller
Charles Barton ... Buddy McMonigal
James Stephenson ... Major Henri de Beaujolais
Heather Thatcher ... Lady Patricia Brandon
James Burke ... Lieutenant Dufour
G.P. Huntley G.P. Huntley ... Augustus Brandon (as George P. Huntley)
Harold Huber ... Voisin
Donald O'Connor ... Beau Geste (as a child)
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Storyline

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 Sam Hayes <gshayes@mail.gwi.net>

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Three against the world...brothers and soldiers all! See more »

Genres:

Action | Adventure | Drama | War

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Arabic

Release Date:

24 July 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Drei Fremdenlegionäre See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

Beau's hands change position as John leaves the fort and again when Digby enters. See more »

Quotes

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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Crazy Credits

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."

. . . Arabian Proverb. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Donovan's Reef (1963) See more »

Soundtracks

The Legionnaire's Song
(uncredited)
Music by Troy Sanders
Lyrics by Frank Loesser
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Who Stole The Blue Water?
25 July 2010 | by GManfredSee all my reviews

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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