Beau Geste (1926)

Adventure | August 1926

Director:

Herbert Brenon

Writer:

Paul Schofield

Cinematographer:

J. Roy Hunt

Production Designer:

Julian Boone Fleming

Production Company:

Famous Players-Lasky Corp.
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HISTORY

In 1928, Paramount released Beau Sabreur , based on the second book in Percival Christopher Wren's trilogy of Foreign Legion novels. Beau Sabreur (see entry), was directed by John Waters and starred Gary Cooper and Evelyn Brent. Although that film was not directly related to Beau Geste, a character named "Major de Beaujolais" appears in both films. A 1931 RKO release, Beau Ideal (see entry), was based on Wren's third Foreign Legion novel. That film was directed by Herbert Brenon and starred Frank McCormack, as well as Ralph Forbes, who revived his role as "John Geste."
       Voted one of the “Top Best Features” of both 1926 and 1927 by the 1929 Film Daily Year Book, as reported in the 7 Feb 1930 FD.
       For information on other film adaptations of Percival Christopher Wren's novel, see entry for the 1939 Paramount production of Beau Geste, directed by William A. Wellman and starring Gary Cooper and Ray ... More Less

In 1928, Paramount released Beau Sabreur , based on the second book in Percival Christopher Wren's trilogy of Foreign Legion novels. Beau Sabreur (see entry), was directed by John Waters and starred Gary Cooper and Evelyn Brent. Although that film was not directly related to Beau Geste, a character named "Major de Beaujolais" appears in both films. A 1931 RKO release, Beau Ideal (see entry), was based on Wren's third Foreign Legion novel. That film was directed by Herbert Brenon and starred Frank McCormack, as well as Ralph Forbes, who revived his role as "John Geste."
       Voted one of the “Top Best Features” of both 1926 and 1927 by the 1929 Film Daily Year Book, as reported in the 7 Feb 1930 FD.
       For information on other film adaptations of Percival Christopher Wren's novel, see entry for the 1939 Paramount production of Beau Geste, directed by William A. Wellman and starring Gary Cooper and Ray Milland. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
15 Aug 1926
p. 6.
Film Daily
7 Feb 1930
p. 8.
Motion Picture News
20 Nov 1926
pp. 1933-34.
Moving Picture World
4 Sep 1926
p. 40.
New York Times
26 Aug 1926
p. 17.
Photoplay
Nov 1926
p. 52.
Variety
1 Sep 1926
p. 14.
DETAILS
Release Date:
August 1926
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 25 August 1926
Copyright Claimant:
Famous Players-Lasky Corp.
Copyright Date:
1 August 1927
Copyright Number:
LP24265
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
10,600
Length(in reels):
10-11
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

A relief detachment of the French Foreign Legion arrives at a remote fort in the African desert to find the garrison manned by a force of dead men. After a major finds an adjutant's body pierced by a French bayonet near a dead legionnaire, an Arab attack begins. The bodies then disappear and the story shifts to England: As a boy, Michael "Beau" Geste overhears his aunt, Lady Brandon, telling of a sapphire heirloom, replaced by an imitation. When the gem disappears, Beau, Digby, and John--the three brothers--disappear, each leaving a note assuming the guilt. They join the Foreign Legion, Beau and John serving under brutal Sergeant Lejaune, and Digby, as trumpeter at another post. The men revolt against Lejaune's cruelty, and he determines to get the jewel Beau is rumored to carry, but the garrison is attacked by Arabs and Beau is killed. John revenges his brother by killing Lejaune, and Digby provides Beau with a Viking funeral. Digby also is killed, and John returns home to Isobel, his ... +


A relief detachment of the French Foreign Legion arrives at a remote fort in the African desert to find the garrison manned by a force of dead men. After a major finds an adjutant's body pierced by a French bayonet near a dead legionnaire, an Arab attack begins. The bodies then disappear and the story shifts to England: As a boy, Michael "Beau" Geste overhears his aunt, Lady Brandon, telling of a sapphire heirloom, replaced by an imitation. When the gem disappears, Beau, Digby, and John--the three brothers--disappear, each leaving a note assuming the guilt. They join the Foreign Legion, Beau and John serving under brutal Sergeant Lejaune, and Digby, as trumpeter at another post. The men revolt against Lejaune's cruelty, and he determines to get the jewel Beau is rumored to carry, but the garrison is attacked by Arabs and Beau is killed. John revenges his brother by killing Lejaune, and Digby provides Beau with a Viking funeral. Digby also is killed, and John returns home to Isobel, his fiancée. +

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