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Beau Geste (1939)

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Release Date: Sep 15, 1939 Wide

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This second of three movie versions of P.C. Wren's adventure novel Beau Geste is a virtual scene-for-scene remake of the 1927 silent version. We open on the now-famous scenes of a remote, burning desert fort, manned by the dead Foreign Legionnaires, then flash back to the early lives of the Geste brothers. As children, the Gestes swear eternal loyalty to one another and to their family. One of the boys, young Beau (played as a youth by Donald O'Connor), witnesses his beloved aunt (Heather

May 31, 2005

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Well directed by William Wellman, this second version of the popular novel is a fun adventure, perhpas a notch below the silent starrting Ronald Colman.

March 26, 2012 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

Dashing fantasy schoolboy romantic adventure tale on brotherhood.

October 16, 2011 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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This is the great romantic adventure of hard men, loyal comrades and the fraternal love and sacrifice of brother who risk everything to protect each other...

July 6, 2009 Full Review Source: Seanax.com
Seanax.com

A great adventure film from the golden age of movies; Cooper is in top form, ably assisted by Milland and Preston. Brian Donlevy steals the show as the sadistic sargeant.

May 14, 2004
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

First rate adventure film

July 30, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Beau Geste (1939) is director/producer William Wellman's superb, high adventure tale set in the desert - a classic melodramatic, rousing film of the late 30s

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
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Audience Reviews for Beau Geste

A pretty good story, but the movie is kind of boring too. I've never really cared for military stories, but this one has more to it. It's a pretty good movie.
September 20, 2010
ajv2688

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The year 1939 was a pennicle point in cinema. 1939 brought out a lot of great films and the action-adventure spectacle "Beau Geste" is one of them.
In the best-known version of novelist Percival Christopher Wren perennial,
Gary Cooper, Ray Milliand, and Robert Preston play Beau,John,and Digby Geste,three inseparable adventurous brothers in search of adventure which one of them steals their benefactress's family jewel,it's off to the French Foreign Legion for all. A fairly deadly early flashback introduces the brothers as children-though it's the only time you'll ever see Donald O'Connor playing a younger version of Cooper. The movie really kicks into gear when the brothers enlist into the brutal stages of unjustly war. Directed by the great William A. Wellman,the supporting cast features future Oscar winners Broderick Crawford and Susan Hayward. Oscar nominee Brian Donlevy is excellent and so damn good as Sgt. Markloff that some think he should have taken the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor award for his riveting performance. Worth seeing.
July 17, 2009
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Mister Caple

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one of those films i can't resist like gunga din and lives of a bengal lancer. yes i know colonialism is bad. also i had this added to flixster 2 years ago :D
July 16, 2009
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Stella Dallas

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This one is hard to find on DVD but well worth the effort to search it out. Gary Cooper is absolutely fantastic but it's the ensemble of Albert Dekker, Brian Donlevey, Broderick Crawford and Ray Milland that makes the whole thing work. Oh, and don't forget to check out a very young and very beautiful Susan Hayward in a supporting role.
January 1, 2009
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Randy Tippy

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