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Monsieur Beaucaire (1946)

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Monsieur Beaucaire, Booth Tarkington's novel about an 18th-century French barber who poses as a swashbuckling aristocrat, was the surprising source for this Grade-A Bob Hope comedy. While in the original novel the tonsorial hero pretended to be someone he wasn't by choice, in this 1946 film Hope is coerced into posturing as a nobleman on the threat of death. It's "out of the frying pan" time here, since Hope will be a target for execution the moment he weds a Spanish princess in place of genuine noble Patric Knowles. Bob's actions will prevent a war between Spain and France, but it's likely he won't be around to celebrate the Peace. Hiding his cowardice by cracking wise at every opportunity, Hope manages to save both the day and himself; he even rescues Joseph Schildkraut, the film's nominal villain, from the guillotine. The female contingent is represented by Joan Caulfield as Bob's covetous girl friend, Marjorie Reynolds as a princess, and Hillary Brooke as a haughty schemer (who is given her just desserts in an early slapstick set-piece). Woody Allen has long expressed his affection for Monsieur Beaucaire, an affection made doubly obvious in "homage" fashion by Allen's 1975 costume comedy Love and Death.

Cast

Bob Hope
as M. Beaucaire
Joseph Schildkraut
as Don Francisco
Marjorie Reynolds
as Princess Maria of Spain
Patric Knowles
as Duc de Chandre
Cecil Kellaway
as Count D'Armand
Reginald Owen
as King Louis XV of France
Hillary Brooke
as Mme. Pompadour
Douglas Dumbrille
as George Washington
Mary Nash
as The Duenna
Howard Freeman
as King Philip of Spain
Eric Alden
as Swordsman
Helen Freeman
as Queen of Spain
Hugh Prosser
as Courier
John Maxwell
as Courier
Anthony Caruso
as Masked horseman
Jean De Briac
as Minister of Finance
Jean Del Val
as Minister of War
John Mylong
as Minister of State
Lynne Lyons
as Signora Gonzales
Mona Maris
as Marquisa
Charles Coleman
as Major Domo
Buddy Roosevelt
as Spanish guard
Manuel Paris
as Spanish Guard
Noreen Nash
as Baroness
Tony Paton
as Waiter
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Above-average Bob Hope costume comedy… borrows its title and inspiration from a silent Rudolph Valentino romance-drama, but transforms the original premise of a duke disguised as a barber into a farce about a real barber and a duke switching places.

August 10, 2003 | Rating: B | Full Review…

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