In 1796, Captain George Bryan "Beau" 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.


Curtis Bernhardt


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





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


In eighteenth century England, Captain George Bryan "Beau" Brummell is an upper-class dandy. He has to leave the Army after having insulted the Prince of Wales. This gives him the opportunity to start a smear campaign against the Prince. The Prince, who is tired of all of the yes-men around him, hires him as his chief advisor. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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This movie had troubles with the U.S. censor, the Production Code Administration, because of the apparent justification of the immoral relationship between the Prince of Wales (Sir Peter Ustinov) and Mrs. Fitzherbert (Rosemary Harris), because a steward at a gentlemen's club had the manner of a "sex pervert", because the Prince checks the gender of a dog, and because of the use of the word "damn". Changes were made, but the running time remained the same. See more »


When the mad King George III hides from Brummel and the prince behind the draperies, the boom shadow makes a prominent appearance on the wall at the top right of the screen. See more »


Beau Brummell: [to Patricia] Please stay. We want each other. Think of the story you can tell our grandchildren.
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Referenced in No Way to Treat a Lady (1968) See more »


from "String Quintet in C major"
Music by Luigi Boccherini
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A remake would be interesting.
6 November 2003 | by gregcoutureSee all my reviews

Though it's hardly likely that we'll see it (except perhaps on TV's 'Masterpiece Theater"), a remake of this story would possibly benefit from a somewhat less cautious approach to what looks like a more interesting story than what unreels in this glossy costumer. Peter Ustinov and Robert Morley, of course, outclass the nominal leads and the production values are sumptuous, though often quite obviously studio/soundstage-bound. Miss Taylor, before she came into her own as a movie actress of some ability, is gowned and coiffed in a manner that makes her presence understandable, but the whole enterprise is redolent of what helped to bring the studio system to a grinding halt. Just where one hopes for a little astringency and a more adult take on the story's complications, that dreaded Eisenhower-era conservatism blankets the proceedings in an ultra-safe approach that one suspects left even the audiences of the time when this was released wanting substantially more.

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Release Date:

16 November 1954 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Life and Times of Beau Brummell See more »


Box Office


$1,762,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)


Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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