Beau Geste Overview:

Beau Geste (1939) was a Action - Adventure Film directed by William A. Wellman and produced by William A. Wellman.

The film was based on the novel of the same name written by P. C. Wren published in 1924.

Academy Awards 1939 --- Ceremony Number 12 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best Supporting ActorBrian DonlevyNominated
Best Art DirectionHans Dreier, Robert OdellNominated
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Watching 1939: Beau Geste (1939)

on Apr 30, 2020 From Comet Over Hollywood

In 2011, I announced I was trying to see every film released in 1939. This new series chronicles films released in 1939 as I watch them.?As we start out this blog feature, this section may become more concrete as I search for a common thread that runs throughout each film of the year. Right now, tha... Read full article


Beau Geste (1939): Brotherly Love in The French Legion

By 4 Star Film Fan on Dec 19, 2019 From 4 Star Films

“The love of a man for a woman waxes and wanes like the moon…but the love of brother for brother is steadfast as the stars, and endures like the word of the prophet.” ~ Arabian Proverb No matter what Joseph Von Sternberg thought of such a proclamation, we can concede his Morrocco w... Read full article


THE GREAT VILLAIN BLOGATHON: Brian Donlevy as Sergeant Markoff, Beau Geste (1939)

on May 24, 2019 From Caftan Woman

Karen of Shadows and Satin, Kristina of Speakeasy and Ruth of Silver Screenings are hosting The Great Villain Blogathon for 2019. Look for all the baddies on May 24th to the 26th. P.C. Wren's 1924 adventure novel Beau Geste is a touchstone in the genre, giving us the most honourable and lik... Read full article


Beau Geste ( 1926 )

By The Metzinger Sisters on Oct 28, 2015 From Silver Scenes - A Blog for Classic Film Lovers

In 1926 Percival Christopher Wren's best-selling novel "Beau Geste" was brought to the screen in a thrilling silent adaptation by John Russell and Herbert Brenon. It was a film that inspired director William Wellman and launched numerous remakes ( including Wellman's 1939 version of Beau Geste ). ... Read full article


Beau Geste ( 1926 )

By The Metzinger Sisters on Oct 28, 2015 From Silver Scenes - A Blog for Classic Film Lovers

In 1926 Percival Christopher Wren's best-selling novel "Beau Geste" was brought to the screen in a thrilling silent adaptation by John Russell and Herbert Brenon. It was a film that inspired director William Wellman and launched numerous remakes ( including Wellman's own 1939 version of Beau Geste )... Read full article


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Quotes from

Markoff: (to a dead soldier he props on the wall The rest of the bullets you stop won't hurt as much as that first one.


[Schwartz is shouting at the legionnaires to mutiny against Markoff]
Michael 'Beau' Geste: Wait a minute. I don't know much about mutinies, but I do know it isn't good form to plan them at the top of your voice.



[after she reads the letter Beau had written to explain what happened to the jewel - he has signed the letter with his name - she reads... ]
Lady Patricia Brandon: "Beau Geste"
Lady Patricia Brandon: [to John] Beau Geste... gallant gesture. We didn't name him wrong, did we?


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Facts about

Charles Barton, who has a small part as Buddy McMonigal, was at the time an assistant director at Paramount, having started his career as an actor. He had had a bad experience working as an A.D. to Paramount's top director, Cecil B. DeMille, on Union Pacific and refused to work with him again when he was assigned to. Paramount "demoted" him to a bit actor on this picture as punishment. Barton soon left Paramount for Columbia where he was made a director, and never worked for Paramount again.
One of over 700 Paramount productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since.
Gary Cooper was not in the original Beau Geste, but he did appear both in this remake of it and in the sequel to it, Beau Sabreur. William A. Wellman declined the job of directing the latter film but did direct this one.
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