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Monsieur Beaucaire (1924)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 11 August 1924 (USA)
When M. Beaucaire, a handsome barber, catches the Duke of Winterset cheating at gambling, Beaucaire exacts Winterset's cooperation in sneaking Beaucaire into a great ball, disguised as the ... See full summary »

Director:

Sidney Olcott

Writers:

Booth Tarkington (novel), Booth Tarkington (play) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rudolph Valentino ... Duke de Chartres / Beaucaire
Bebe Daniels ... Princess Henriette
Lois Wilson ... Queen Marie of France
Doris Kenyon ... Lady Mary
Lowell Sherman ... King Louis XV of France
Paulette Duval Paulette Duval ... Madame Pompadour
John Davidson ... Richelieu
Oswald Yorke Oswald Yorke ... Miropoix
Flora Finch ... Duchesse de Montmorency
Louis Waller Louis Waller ... François
Ian Maclaren Ian Maclaren ... Duke of Winterset
Frank Shannon ... Badger
Templar Powell Templar Powell ... Molyneux
H. Cooper Cliffe H. Cooper Cliffe ... Beau Nash
Downing Clarke Downing Clarke ... Lord Chesterfield
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Storyline

When M. Beaucaire, a handsome barber, catches the Duke of Winterset cheating at gambling, Beaucaire exacts Winterset's cooperation in sneaking Beaucaire into a great ball, disguised as the Duke de Chartres, and to introduce him to the beautiful Lady Mary. The disguised barber successfully pulls off the masquerade and is soon the toast of society. But Winterset is embittered at having been blackmailed so, and he sets out to destroy Beaucaire if he can do so without revealing his own duplicity. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 August 1924 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Beaucaire úr See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$556,826
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Following the success of The Three Musketeers (1921), Douglas Fairbanks was, in the fall of 1921, considering Monsieur Beaucaire as his next project. He ended up selling the rights for a small profit and making Robin Hood (1922) instead. See more »

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Version of A Gentleman of France (1905) See more »

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I Think Valentino played a difficult role very well
7 November 2005 | by RtsloisSee all my reviews

This period story is realistic in its courtly manners, affectations, and bizarre make up. Like it or not, that's the way it was. All the men look like fops, but hopefully we do not believe all men in those days were ladylike!! Let us give Rudolph Valentino the praise he deserves in making a difficult role believable. He did an admirable job, and it had to have been uncomfortable and a worry-some role to play given the constant attacks on his masculinity. It took guts. He seemed to be playing some scenes "tougue in cheek" and he smiled throughout. The settings are wonderful, but the story seems bogged down.

Certainly the director could have led the story/play by Booth Tarkington through better contrived scenes where the actors portrayed more interesting situations. Often, they stood in position as if asking "What comes next" They may have well just butted their heads together. It was out of whack in a way hard to describe.

Might another director pulled it off? Maybe. Nazamova knew how to weave a story before your eyes. (I am thinking of Camille) I feel the male actors held up their end of the action. The women were insipid. Valentino was very good. Three cheers, he brought it off. I liked the movie despite my criticism.


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