The Beloved Rogue

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French 15th-century poet François Villon (John Barrymore) loses his father at a young age, a martyr to the French cause. Villon follows in his father's footsteps, fighting ardently for his country while becoming a poet and jester. Appointed king for the day, he goes too far when he makes a joke at the expense of the Duke of Burgundy (Lawson Butt) and is exiled by King Louis XI (Conrad Veidt). He has to prove to the king that it's the duke who is the real enemy of France.

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John Barrymore
François Villon
Conrad Veidt
King Louis XI
Marceline Day
Charlotte de Vauxcelles
Lawson Butt
Duke of Burgundy
Henry Victor
Thibault d'Aussigny
Angelo Rossitto
Beppo - the Dwarf
Lucy Beaumont
Villon's mother
Joseph H. August
Cinematographer
Hal C. Kern
Film Editor
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Critic Reviews for The Beloved Rogue

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Audience Reviews for The Beloved Rogue

  • Jul 23, 2013
    The place, Paris. The time, the 15th century. An introductory title card says that the time of Joan of Arc is past and France is still trying to maintain its independence from various supplanters. We are shown François as a baby. In comic manner it is suggested that he had a love of wine as a young man because he was bottle-fed a mixture of milk and wine from the beginning of his life. Then we jump ahead some twenty-five years. François Villon is shown having some shenanigans with his two best friends, Jehan (Summerville) and Nicholas (Swain). Like in The Hunchback of Notre Dame, the Festival of Fools and the Court of Miracles are portrayed. Barrymore as Villon clowns around as the king of fools. Everyone knows him to be a clever poet and he loves his fellow poor people of Paris. He gets mixed up in some political posturing however. The Duke of Burgundy and Thibault want to take over France. The Duke hopes to marry Thibault to King Louis XI's ward Charlotte de Vauxcelles. Conrad Veidt of The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari is the superstitious, indecisive, and easily manipulated King. He does turn out to be a bit more sympathetic than he appears at first, since Villon remains loyal to the King for some foolish reason. The uppity Charlotte is played by Marceline Day. Of course she rebels against the arranged marriage, escapes by rooftop with our hero, is trapped in a high tower for a time, and reluctantly realizes she loves the rogue Villon. The costumes and scenery take you to Medieval Europe. The performances are strong with Barrymore showing a wide spectrum of emotions.
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