Beau Ideal

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Beau Ideal
Beau Ideal FilmPoster.jpeg
Directed by Herbert Brenon
Produced by William LeBaron (producer)
Written by P C Wren (novel Beau Geste)
Paul Schofield (adaptation and dialogue) and
Elizabeth Meehan (adaptation and dialogue)
Starring See below
Music by Max Steiner
Cinematography J. Roy Hunt
Edited by Marie Halvey
RKO Radio Pictures
Distributed by RKO Radio Pictures
Release date(s) January 19, 1931
Running time 82 minutes
79 minutes (Canada, Ontario)
Country USA
Language English
Budget $707,000[1]
Box office $575,000[1]

Beau Ideal is a 1931 American film directed by Herbert Brenon and released by RKO Radio Pictures. The film was loosely inspired by the adventure novel, Beau Ideal, by P C Wren the third novel in a trilogy (up to then) after Beau Geste and Beau Sabreur. (Eventually the writer would also publish Good Gestes and Spanish Maine, making in all five books around the same characters).

In 1958, the film entered the public domain in the USA due to the copyright claimant's failure to renew the copyright registration in the 28th year after publication (the film is copyright 1930).[2]

Plot summary[edit]

The hero, John Geste, joins the French Foreign Legion to find a childhood friend, Lester Veil, whom he discovers imprisoned in a desert grain silo with other disgraced Legionaires. Following a flashback to their boyhood in England, they make their escape. After many adventures, Geste finally helps Vail to avoid keeping his extorted promise to marry the Emir's favourite dancer, who is known as "the Angel of Death". They return to England where Vail's platonic love and ideal of woman Isobel Brandon (bethroted to John Geste) is waiting.[3]

Leni Stengel as Zuleika, in Beau Ideal (1931)



The film recorded a loss of $330,000.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Richard Jewel, 'RKO Film Grosses: 1931-1951', Historical Journal of Film Radio and Television, Vol 14 No 1, 1994 p58
  2. ^ Pierce, David (June 2007). "Forgotten Faces: Why Some of Our Cinema Heritage Is Part of the Public Domain". Film History: An International Journal 19 (2): 125–43. doi:10.2979/FIL.2007.19.2.125. ISSN 0892-2160. JSTOR 25165419. OCLC 15122313.  See Note #60, pg. 143
  3. ^ New York Times: Movie review published January 19 1931.

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