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Beau Brummel
Director: Harry Beaumont (Dir)
Release Date:   1924
Premiere Information:   New York premiere: ca. 30 Mar 1924; release: 15 Mar or 4 Dec 1924
Duration (in feet):   9,900
Duration (in reels):   10
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Cast: [In order of appearce:] William Humphrey (Lord Alvanley)  
    Mary Astor (Lady [Maid] Margery [Alvanley])  
    John Barrymore (George Bryan ["Beau"] Brummell )  
    Willard Louis (The Prince of Wales)  
    Irene Rich (Frederica Charlotte, Duchess of York)  
    Clarissa Selwyn (Margery's mother [Mrs. Wertham])  
    Richard Tucker (Lord Henry Stanhope)  
    Betty Brice (The landlord's wife [Mrs. Snodgrass])  
    Alec Francis (Mortimer)  
    Roland Rushton (Abrahams)  
    Carmel Myers (Lady Hester Stanhope)  
    André de Beranger (Lord Byron)  
    John J. Richardson ("Poodles" Byng)  
    Claire De Lorez (Lady Manly)  
    Michael Dark (Lord Manly)  
    Templar Saxe (Desmond Wertham)  
    James A. Marcus (Snodgrass, an English innkeeper)  
    Betty Brice (Mrs. Snodgrass)  
    Carol Holloway (Kathleen, a maid)  
    Kate Lester (Lady Miora)  
    Rose Dione (Madame Bergère)  

Summary: British Army officer George Bryan Brummell decides to become a "beau" and lead a reckless bachelor's life after he sees his sweetheart, Lady Margery, forced to marry Lord Alvanley. He wins the friendship of the Prince of Wales, leaves his regiment, and becomes one of Europe's taste-makers. His insolence and his indiscretions with the ladies of the court make enemies, and he falls into disfavor. After escaping his creditors to France, he eventually dies there in poverty, deserted by all but his servant, Mortimer. 

Production Company: Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.  
Production Text: A Warner Bros. "Classic of the Screen"
Distribution Company: Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.  
Director: Harry Beaumont (Dir)
  Frank Strayer (Asst dir)
Writer: Dorothy Farnum (Adpt)
Photography: David Abel (Photog)
  F. N. Murphy (Elec eff)
Film Editor: H. P. Bretherton (Ed)
Special Effects: Lewis Gieb (Tech dir)
  Esdras Hartley (Tech dir)
  Victor R. Vance (Art titles)
Country: United States
Language: English

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Source Text: Based on the play Beau Brummell by Clyde Fitch (New York, 17 May 1890) and historical data by special arrangement with Mrs. Richard Mansfield.
Authors: Clyde Fitch
  Mrs. Richard Mansfield

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc. 14/3/1924 dd/mm/yyyy LP19998

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Genre: Drama
Sub-Genre: Historical
 
Subjects (Major): Beau Brummell
  George Gordon Byron, Baron
  Dandies
  England
  Friendship
  George IV, King of England, 1820-1830
 
Subjects (Minor): Butlers
  Calais (France)
  Debt
  Marriage--Forced

Note: The film's title, as well as the main character are listed as "Beau Brummel," although most reviews and modern sources list the film's title and main character as "Beau Brummell." The actual historical character, Clyde Fitch's eponymously named play and a 1954 film adaptation of the play all spell the name "Brummell."

Another film inspired by the Clyde Fitch play was produced by M-G-M in 1954. That film, which also was called Beau Brummell was directed by Curtis Bernhardt and starred Stewart Granger and Elizabeth Taylor (see below). 

Bibliographic Sources:   Date   Page
Film Daily   13 Apr 1924   p. 6.
New York Times   31 Mar 1924   p. 20.
Variety   24 Apr 1924   p. 22.

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