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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 nineteenth century England, Captain George Brummell (Stewart Granger) is an upper-class dandy. He has to leave the Army after having insulted the Prince of Wales (Sir Peter Ustinov). 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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Lover! Scoundrel! Adventurer! 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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

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 »

Goofs

Brummell never protested against the Prince in public speeches. This is pure dramatic invention. See more »

Quotes

Prince of Wales: [as King George IV] It's odd. Most people will count him a failure, and yet, you know, it's not how a man ends up that matters, it's how he has affected the hearts and souls of those around him. It's a measure. Mark my word, it is.
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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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Old-fashioned history thing
26 December 2000 | by Mort-31See all my reviews

Sir Peter Ustinov has always been a good actor, even fifty years ago, I noticed when I spotted this movie on television. Is he really so small? Or did they just put so many tall actors around him? I don't know.

However, this is not the right stuff for a movie. It's directed and acted like a stage drama and that's what it should be. Being a film, the old-fashioned plot isn't able to thrill. I was tired anyway and it was hard not to fall asleep.


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