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Monsieur Beaucaire (1946)

Approved | | Adventure, Comedy, History | 4 September 1946 (USA)
A bumbling barber in the court of King Louis XV becomes engaged in political intrigue when he masquerades as a dashing nobleman engaged to the princess of Spain.

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George Marshall

Writers:

Melvin Frank (screenplay), Norman Panama (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Complete credited cast:
Bob Hope ... Monsieur Beaucaire
Joan Caulfield ... Mimi
Patric Knowles ... Duc le Chandre
Marjorie Reynolds ... Princess Maria of Spain
Cecil Kellaway ... Count D'Armand
Joseph Schildkraut ... Don Francisco
Reginald Owen ... King Louis XV
Constance Collier ... The Queen of France
Hillary Brooke ... Mme. Pompadour
Fortunio Bonanova ... Don Carlos
Douglass Dumbrille ... George Washington
Mary Nash ... The Duenna
Leonid Kinskey ... Rene
Howard Freeman ... King Philip II
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Storyline

Beaucaire is a barber for the royal French court which becomes a real "royal pain" for the king. As a result he is sent to the guillotine - however he is saved by the Duc de Chandre, who rescues and transports him to the Spanish court. While there Beaucaire poses as a nobleman. The only problem is, he gets into even more trouble. Written by Kelly

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 September 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kraljevi brivec See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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. Its initial television broadcast took place in Minneapolis Sunday 8 February 1959 on WTCN (Channel 11), and as it slowly spread across the USA, it was not long before it became a popular local favorite. In Milwaukee it first aired Sunday 12 April 1959 on WITI (Channel 6), in St. Louis 23 May 1959 on KMOX (Channel 4), in Seattle 2 June 1959 on KIRO (Channel 7), in Chicago 10 October 1959 on WBBM (Channel 2), in Phoenix 28 November on KVAR (Channel 12), in Philadelphia 5 December 1959 on WCAU (Channel 10), in San Francisco 27 December 1959 on KPIX (Channel 5), in Pittsburgh 14 January 1960 on KDKA (Channel 2), in Des Moines 27 January 1960 on WHO (Channel 13), in Wichita 29 January 1960 on KTVH (Channel 12), and in Toledo 15 February 1960 on WTOL (Channel 11). It was released on DVD 8 October 2002 in tandem with Where There's Life (1947) as part of Universal's Bob Hope: The Tribute Collection, and again as a single 30 October 2015 as part of the Universal Vault Series. See more »

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The King of Spain cannot be Philip II, since he died in 1598. See more »

Quotes

Mimi: Oh, you're so right. One look is enough.
Monsieur Beaucaire: That regal forehead runs in the family.
Mimi: The Hapsburg chin!
Monsieur Beaucaire: Got that from my mother.
Mimi: The Bourbon nose!
Monsieur Beaucaire: Got that from my father, drank like a fish!
Mimi: Those dark, flashing eyes - that soft lustrous hair!
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Bob Hope At His Best
8 November 2009 | by jayraskin1See all my reviews

Bob Hope had a great talent for making mediocre lines sound funny. Here the lines he delivers are actually as hilarious as his delivery.

He actually does some quite decent acting in this one. The character of the barber Beaucaire is more romantic and less cynical than the comedian Hope.

Hope has surrounded himself with some of the most talented people in Hollywood. Cinematographer Lionel Lindon was nominated three times for an Oscar and won once with "Around the World in 80 Days." Film Editor Arthur P. Schmidt was nominated twice (for "Sayonara" and "Sunset Blvd.") Composer Robert Dolan was nominated 8 times between 1942 and 1947. Sadly, he never won. He should have been nominated for this movie, but he was already nominated for "Blue Skys" in 1946. Art Director, Hans Dreier, was nominated 20 times and won 4 Oscars. He should have been nominated for this movie, but he already had two other nominations in 1946. Set Decorator, Sam Comer was nominated 22 times and also won 4 Oscars. Male Costume Designer Giles Steele got 4 nominations and won twice. Mary Kay Dobson. who did the exquisite gowns in this film, was never nominated, but she should have won an Oscar for the fantastic four foot wide hooped skirts the women wear.

Hope was never nominated for an Oscar, but this is the one movie where I think his performance merited consideration.

Joan Caulfield, in only her second film, is dazzling. As Mimi, Beaucaire's love interest, she is hilarious and has excellent chemistry with Hope. The same year, she played the love interest of both Fred Astaire and Bing Crosby in "Blue Skys". Everybody else in the cast is just delightful.

The funniest scene is when Beaucaire meets the King of Spain. Beaucaire is pretending to be an aristocrat. He is told to act "distainful" When they meet, Beaucaire and the King just glare at each other through lorngettes (opera glasses).

Second funniest is when Beaucaire gets exposed as a barber and slapped. The king tells him to slap the fellow back. "Everybody is entitled to his opinion," answers Hope meekly, "Why if I had a sword..." A lackey offers his sword to Hope, who quickly pushes him away, saying, "Mind your own business." If you're in the mood for a wonderful and sweet old romantic comedy, put across by some of the most talented people in the golden age of Hollywood, don't miss it.


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