Monsieur Beaucaire

Monsieur Beaucaire

Rudolph Valentino
Director: Sidney Olcott Cast: Rudolph Valentino
Rudolph Valentino
, Bebe Daniels
Bebe Daniels
, Lois Wilson
Lois Wilson
Sidney Olcott

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Overview

The still photographs of this costume picture, showing Rudolph Valentino wearing foppish 18th century finery, are actually misleading when it comes to Monsieur Beaucaire's actual content. For much of the film, Valentino actually views his wardrobe -- and his matinee idol persona -- with sly humor. This film may have been based on a popular story by Booth Tarkington, but it belongs to Valentino all the way through, and his star quality dominates an impressive cast, which includes the likes of Bebe Daniels, Doris Kenyon, and Lois Wilson, none of them slouches in the star department. Valentino is the Duke of Chartres who can no longer stand the snipes thrown his way by Princess Henriette (Daniels). When King Louis IV (Lowell Sherman) commands that he marry her, the duke runs away. He accompanies the French Ambassador to England, disguised as his barber under the name Monsieur Beaucaire. In Bath, he becomes entranced by Lady Mary (Kenyon). He forces the Duke of Winterset (Ian MacLaren) to introduce him to her as a nobleman, but Winterset exposes him as a barber and Lady Mary snubs him. The French Ambassador arrives and reveals that Beaucaire really is a nobleman, but by then, he is no longer interested in Lady Mary. Instead, he returns to France and to Princess Henriette. Valentino's wife, Natacha Rambova, was responsible for both the art direction and set design of this picture.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/24/2012
UPC: 0842614104671
Original Release: 1924
Source: Grapevine Video
Sales rank: 38,154

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Rudolph Valentino Duke de Chartres/Beaucaire
Bebe Daniels Princess Henriette
Lois Wilson Queen Marie of France
Doris Kenyon Lady Mary
Lowell Sherman Louis XV
Paulette Duval Mme. Pompadour
John Davidson Cardinal Richelieu
Flora Finch Duchesse de Montmorency
Louis Waller Francois
Ian MacLaren Duke of Winterset
Frank Shannon Badger
Templar Powell Molyneux
H. Cooper Cliffe Beau Nash
Downing Clarke Lord Chesterfield
Harry Lee Voltaire
Florence O'Denishawn Colombine
Yvonne Hughes Duchesse de Flauhault
George Barbier Actor

Technical Credits
Sidney Olcott Director,Producer
Harry A. Fischbeck Cinematographer
Forrest Halsey Screenwriter
Natacha Rambova Art Director,Costumes/Costume Designer
Patricia Rooney Editor

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