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Beau Brummell (1954)

Approved | | Biography, Drama, History | 16 November 1954 (UK)
In 1796, Captain George Brummell of the 10th Royal Hussars Regiment offends the Prince of Wales with his straightforward outspokenness and gets fired from the army but is chosen as the Prince's personal advisor.

Director:

Curtis Bernhardt

Writers:

Karl Tunberg (screenplay), Clyde Fitch (based on the play written for Richard Mansfield by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Stewart Granger ... Beau Brummell
Elizabeth Taylor ... Lady Patricia
Peter Ustinov ... Prince of Wales
Robert Morley ... King George III
James Donald ... Lord Edwin Mercer
James Hayter ... Mortimer
Rosemary Harris ... Mrs. Fitzherbert
Paul Rogers ... William Pitt
Noel Willman ... Lord Byron
Peter Dyneley ... Midger
Charles Carson ... Sir Geoffrey Baker
Ernest Clark ... Dr. Warren
Peter Bull ... Mr. Fox
Mark Dignam ... Mr. Burke
Desmond Roberts ... Colonel
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Storyline

In 19th century England, captain George Brummell is an upper-class dandy. He has to leave the army after having insulted the crown prince. This gives him the opportunity to start a smear campaign against the prince. The prince, who is tired of all the yes-men around him, hires him as his chief advisor. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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Taglines:

Soldier, poet, adventurer, rogue, gambler, lover ! See more »


Certificate:

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Details

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 November 1954 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Life and Times of Beau Brummell See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,762,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,049,000, 31 December 1954

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,701,000, 31 December 1954
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Peter Ustinov would later play the Prince of Wales' younger brother and eventual successor King William IV in Victoria & Albert (2001) and their great-nephew King Edward VII in Strumpet City (1980). See more »

Goofs

The final meeting between a dying Brummell is fiction, as George IV declined the meeting and Brummell was not on his deathbed at the time. He outlived George IV by ten years. See more »

Quotes

George Bryan 'Beau' Brummell: Who's your fat friend?
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Connections

Referenced in An Evening with Sir Peter Ustinov (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

Rondo
(uncredited)
from "String Quintet in C major"
Music by Luigi Boccherini
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A big yawn
1 August 2009 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

The 1954 MGM extravaganza "Beau Brummel" was the third making of this story, based on a play by Clyde Fitch. Can't see the name Clyde Fitch without hearing Bette Davis biting the name off in "All About Eve." Wish I'd been watching "All About Eve." MGM has given this story of the narcissistic George "Beau" Brummel and his friendship with the Prince of Wales a lavish, sumptuous color production and, if the scenery and costumes weren't enough, thrown in Elizabeth Taylor for good measure. She is, of course, rapturously beautiful as the confused Patricia, attracted to Beau but betrothed to a safer choice.

Stewart Granger was a good actor, always solid and attractive, with a powerful voice, but he had a tendency to be unexciting. Also, and this is just an opinion, he did better in macho action films. One of the posters pointed out that Elizabeth Taylor was thrown in to show that Beau was heterosexual, but the poster wasn't sure. He is a bit of a fop and not suited to the talents of Granger, who is on the boring side here. The acting honors go to Peter Ustinov and Robert Morley, as the Prince of Wales and his father. These performances could be considered over the top, but they're only over the top because no one else is doing anything.

The actual story is treated in a superficial manner, with not much of a look into Beau's politics or much else.

Just okay. I think if you have a large flat-screen TV it would be fun to watch.


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