Monsieur Beaucaire (1924)

Romance | 18 August 1924

Director:

Sidney Olcott

Writer:

Forrest Halsey

Producer:

Sidney Olcott

Cinematographer:

Harry Fischbeck

Editor:

Patricia Rooney

Production Designer:

Natacha Rambova

Production Company:

Famous Players-Lasky Corp.
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HISTORY

On 26 Apr 1922, FD announced that Douglas Fairbanks had purchased motion picture rights to Monsieur Beaucaire, Booth Tarkington’s popular 1900 novel that was later adapted into a stage play. According to the 27 May 1922 Moving Picture World, Tarkington was involved with the screenplay process, and wrote an entirely new opening scene.
       Almost a year later, the 17 Jan 1923 FD reported that Fairbanks had abandoned the project in favor of The Black Pirate (1926, see entry). A 17 Jan 1924 FD item noted that the property, now at Paramount Pictures, had been repurposed as the first vehicle for Rudolph Valentino under the star’s recent contract with the Famous Players-Lasky Corp.
       Principal photography was expected to take place at the Paramount studios in Long Island, NY. Due to a delay, Helene Chadwick was forced to relinquish her role to fulfill her existing contract with Eastern Prod.
       According to the 24 Feb 1924 FD, one brief but elaborate scene depicting a palatial French garden cost roughly $84,000, while the 6 May 1924 issue reported a total budget of more than $500,000.
       A 1 May 1924 FD item stated that a “tentative” release was scheduled for 12 Aug 1924 at the Strand Theatre in New York City. After a multiple-week engagement, the film would move to the nearby Rialto Theatre.
       Voted one of the “Top Best Features” of 1924 by the 1929 Film Daily Year Book, as reported in the Feb 7, 1930 FD.
       Paramount Pictures released another version of Monsieur Beaucaire in 1946, directed ... More Less

On 26 Apr 1922, FD announced that Douglas Fairbanks had purchased motion picture rights to Monsieur Beaucaire, Booth Tarkington’s popular 1900 novel that was later adapted into a stage play. According to the 27 May 1922 Moving Picture World, Tarkington was involved with the screenplay process, and wrote an entirely new opening scene.
       Almost a year later, the 17 Jan 1923 FD reported that Fairbanks had abandoned the project in favor of The Black Pirate (1926, see entry). A 17 Jan 1924 FD item noted that the property, now at Paramount Pictures, had been repurposed as the first vehicle for Rudolph Valentino under the star’s recent contract with the Famous Players-Lasky Corp.
       Principal photography was expected to take place at the Paramount studios in Long Island, NY. Due to a delay, Helene Chadwick was forced to relinquish her role to fulfill her existing contract with Eastern Prod.
       According to the 24 Feb 1924 FD, one brief but elaborate scene depicting a palatial French garden cost roughly $84,000, while the 6 May 1924 issue reported a total budget of more than $500,000.
       A 1 May 1924 FD item stated that a “tentative” release was scheduled for 12 Aug 1924 at the Strand Theatre in New York City. After a multiple-week engagement, the film would move to the nearby Rialto Theatre.
       Voted one of the “Top Best Features” of 1924 by the 1929 Film Daily Year Book, as reported in the Feb 7, 1930 FD.
       Paramount Pictures released another version of Monsieur Beaucaire in 1946, directed by George Marshall and starring Bob Hope and Joan Caulfield (see entry). More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
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DATE
PAGE
Exhibitors Trade Review
26 Jan 1924
p. 7.
Film Daily
26 Apr 1922
p. 4.
Film Daily
17 Jan 1923.
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Film Daily
24 Feb 1924.
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Film Daily
1 Apr 1924
p. 2.
Film Daily
1 May 1924.
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Film Daily
6 May 1924
p. 2.
Film Daily
17 Aug 1924
p. 5.
Film Daily
7 Feb 1930
p. 8.
Moving Picture World
27 May 1922
p. 392.
New York Times
13 Aug 1924
p. 12.
Variety
13 Aug 1924
p. 19.
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LITERARY
Based on the novel Monsieur Beaucaire by Booth Tarkington (New York, 1900) and his play of the same name (Philadelphia, PA, 7 Oct 1901).
DETAILS
Release Date:
18 August 1924
Copyright Claimant:
Famous Players-Lasky Corp.
Copyright Date:
29 July 1924
Copyright Number:
LP20433
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
9,932
Length(in reels):
10
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

The Duke of Chartres, stung by the taunts of Princess Henriette, refuses the king's command to marry the princess and escapes to England, posing as the French Ambassador's barber. Fascinated by Lady Mary, he forces the Duke of Winterset to introduce him as Monsieur Beaucaire, but he is exposed as the barber. After being pardoned by King Louis, he returns to his true love, the Princess ... +


The Duke of Chartres, stung by the taunts of Princess Henriette, refuses the king's command to marry the princess and escapes to England, posing as the French Ambassador's barber. Fascinated by Lady Mary, he forces the Duke of Winterset to introduce him as Monsieur Beaucaire, but he is exposed as the barber. After being pardoned by King Louis, he returns to his true love, the Princess Henriette. +

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