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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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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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Trivia

Oddly enough, this movie was chosen for the Royal Film Performance of 1954. Apparently the young Queen Elizabeth II was quite amused by Robert Morley's interpretation of her ancestor. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

George Bryan 'Beau' Brummell: Who's your fat friend?
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Connections

Referenced in Mr. Belvedere: The Contract (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

Rondo
(uncredited)
from "String Quintet in C major"
Music by Luigi Boccherini
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Clothes maketh the man...
13 December 2008 | by LejinkSee all my reviews

Unusual to see Stewart Granger in period costume without a flashing blade, but I found this costume drama on the rise and fall of the Regency dandy and confidante to the then Prince of Wales, eminently watchable. Granger himself shows more acting depth than he was usually allowed in the swashbuckling actioners he frequented and is well cast as the proud, aspiring but ultimately over-ambitious George "Beau" Brummell, whose loose tongue and haughty wit ultimately saw him cast out of high society into a life of penury in France, on the run from his numerous creditors. However the real acting plaudits unquestionably lie with Peter Ustinov, who again, like his portrayal of Nero in "Quo Vadis", easily demonstrates his character, the king-in-waiting Prince George's initially fey and petulant ways but later conveys the depth of character of a man who matured into his kingship and his conflicting loyalty which turns to generous magnamity to best friend but loose cannon Brummell. Robert Morley gets to act a fine cameo performance as the mentally ill King whose condition leads to the Regency crisis and Elizabeth Taylor gets to wear some elaborate costumes not to mention hairstyles as Lady Belham, torn between her passionate attraction to Brummell's rebellious individual and the safe society gentleman Lord Edwin Mercer played stoically by James Donald. Historical figures of the day flit in and out of the narrative, but surely the "mad, bad and dangerous to know" Lord Byron should have been played with more zest and by a more handsome actor than we get here. The sets and costumes are sumptuous, the direction steady if uninspired, (for example, an intimate dialogue scene between Granger and Taylor pans back and forth unimaginatively between their faces with every sentence spoken). The dialogue while well-written and rarely trivial, does get bogged down in speechifying, forced wit and point-scoring which gets decidedly stultifying at times. The key scene were Brummell rashly insults the Prince is well staged and played and the viewer is left in no doubt that the bold Brummell has gone too far this time, prefiguring the fate of another high society dandy from a later generation, the writer Oscar Wilde. Having read a little background on the real Brummell's life, I'm aware that the usual Hollywood bowdlerisation has occurred (nowhere did I read of the Prince when King's final reconciliation with the broken Brummell in France), but it makes for a good finish to a meatier costume drama than I might have expected given the subject and personnel involved.


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