Selling the Silents #7


From the Paramount release book, 1927

"'Beau Geste' is like no other picture ever made. Probably the greatest melodrama ever unfolded on the screen, it also presents a baffling mystery in which dead men stand at arms, and other terrific events make your hair stand on end.

"All the world wants to see 'Beau Geste'! Watch for it--it is a gold-mine for your theatre.

"From P.C. Wren's enormously popular novel of wild adventure in the Sahara. Screen play by Paul Schofield. Adaptation by John Russell and Herbert Brenon."


If any film from the glory days of Paramount should see the light of day, it's this one, a rousing adventure with a great cast, including one of William Powell's best silent film roles. I understand there's a bit of a rights issue with this one, since Universal wound up with it when Paramount sold MCA its early sound film catalog and the silent Beau Geste was included by mistake because it had a music and effects soundtrack. Still, in a perfect world, there would a DVD combining this and the Gary Cooper version. Is that so hard?

Besides, who hasn't felt like running off and joining the French Foreign Legion at least once in their lives?

1 comment:

Dios Prometheus said...

I don't know about a double dvd. I already have the Cooper version on DVD, but it would be great to see a restored Ronald Coleman version of this great film.

I recently bought the Coleman Beau at EBAY on video tape. Althought it was watchable, I found myself longing to see a better, clearer version. I understand from a post at the IMDB that there is a better version of this great film out there somewhere.

Interestingly, the Cooper version is an almost frame for frame copy of the Coleman version. There are some slight changes, mostly at the end.

In 1926, publisher Grosset & Dunlap published the famous Wren novel. The novel contained many nice photographs from the 1926 Paramont Movie.