Bardelys the Magnificent


Bardelys the Magnificent

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Set during the regime of France's King Louis XIII, this swashbuckler concerns a bold young braggart named Bardelys, whose sexual conquests have become legendary. When informed that one member of Louis' court will not succumb to Bardelys' charms, our hero wagers that he will able to melt this "ice princess."


Eleanor Boardman
as Roxalanne de Lavedan
John Gilbert
as Bardelys
Roy D'Arcy
as Chatellerault
Lionel Belmore
as Vicomte de Lavedan
Emliy Fitzroy
as Vicomtesse de Lavedan
Emily Fitzroy
as Vicomtesse de Lavedan
George K. Arthur
as St. Eustache
Arthur Lubin
as Louis XIII
Karl Dane
as Rodenard
Edward Connelly
as Cardinal Richelieu
Fred Malatesta
as Castelroux
Max Barwyn
as Cozelatt
Joseph Marba
as Innkeeper
Daniel G. Tomlinson
as Sgt. of Dragoons
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Audience Reviews for Bardelys the Magnificent

  • Jun 12, 2018
    John Gilbert and Elenor Boardman make a beautiful pair, and their scene at the lake, boating under willow trees, is romantic and rather steamy for 1926. That scene alone makes the film worth watching, and it's fun to see the dashing Gilbert later make a great escape, scramble up a castle, and engage in sword fights that may remind you of Errol Flynn a decade later. Gilbert seems underrated today given how popular he was in the 1920's, and his personal story - clashing with studio head Louis B. Mayer over his high salary ($250,000 for each of six films), his near marriage to Greta Garbo in what would have been a double ceremony with Boardman and director King Vidor, etc - is fascinating. While the film has its moments, it also trundles along at a slow pace, and the plot is rather mundane, so keep your expectations grounded.
    Antonius B Super Reviewer

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