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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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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


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


The Essential Films of 1939: Beau Geste

By Amanda Garrett on Jun 2, 2015 From Old Hollywood Films

Gary Cooper joins the foreign legion in Beau Geste. The Director: William Wellman. The Stars: Gary Cooper, Ray Milland, Robert Preston, and Brian Donlevy. Source Material: The 1926 silent film starring Ronald Colman, which was based on P.C. Wren's 1924 novel. A souvenir booklet... Read full article


Beau Geste (1939)

By Beatrice on Jan 25, 2014 From Flickers in Time

Beau Geste Directed by William Wellman Written by Robert Carson based on a novel by Percival Christopher Wren 1939/USA Paramount Pictures First viewing/Netflix rental I just loved this mystery/adventure. Beau (Gary Cooper), Digby (Robert Preston), and John (Ray Milland) Geste are English orphaned ... Read full article


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Quotes from

Markoff: The jewel you stole. I want it.
Michael 'Beau' Geste: I have no jewel.
Markoff: I know you have.
Michael 'Beau' Geste: I haven't.
Markoff: Are you sure?
Michael 'Beau' Geste: Quite sure.
Markoff: I advise you to change your mind. Otherwise, when this is over, I may have to shoot you to make sure.
Michael 'Beau' Geste: I understand, Sergeant.
Markoff: You mean you'd rather not hand it over now and save your life?
Michael 'Beau' Geste: No, Sergeant.
Markoff: That's very unfortunate... for you.


[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

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.
This remake of the 1926 film (Beau Geste) was shot on the same sets at the same locations in Yuma, AZ, as the original.
At the film's world premiere, the first reel of the 1926 silent version of "Beau Geste" was shown just before the entire 1939 sound version, in an effort to demonstrate how far films had advanced in thirteen years. This almost backfired because the 1939 film apparently followed the 1926 one extremely closely, and some of the first-night critics were annoyed rather than pleased at this, feeling that the 1939 version should have been more imaginative. However, this did not keep the 1939 version from becoming a smash hit and a film classic.
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