The Beloved Rogue

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The Beloved Rogue
Poster of the movie The Beloved Rogue.jpg
Original theatrical poster
Directed by Alan Crosland
Produced by Joseph M. Schenck
Written by Justin Huntley McCarthy (novel & play If I Were King)
Paul Bern (adaptation & scenario)
Walter Anthony (intertitles)
Starring John Barrymore
Cinematography Joseph H. August
Edited by Hal C. Kern
Art Cinema Corporation/
Feature Productions
Distributed by United Artists
Release date
  • March 12, 1927 (1927-03-12)
Running time
10 reels
(9,264 ft)
Country United States
Language Silent film
English intertitles

The Beloved Rogue is a 1927 American silent film, loosely based on the life of the 15th century French poet, François Villon. The film was directed by Alan Crosland for United Artists.[1][2]

François Villon is played by John Barrymore, and other cast members include Conrad Veidt as King Louis XI and Marceline Day as Charlotte de Vauxcelles.

The story had been filmed in 1920 as If I Were King with William Farnum. The film was later re-made in the sound era again reverting to its original title If I Were King with Ronald Colman. And as the Vagabond King in 1930 and again in 1956




This film was lost for some 40 years until a tinted & toned copy was discovered in the late 1960s in the collection of film pioneer Mary Pickford. Pickford, an early champion of film preservation, tried saving all things "United Artist", the production company in which she was a co-founder. Barrymore's Eternal Love (1929) is another UA film Pickford preserved. This surviving Pickford print of The Beloved Rogue represents what a true tinted & toned silent film looks like, made directly on tinted film stock prevalent in the silent era.


John Barrymore viewed the premiere of the film with a large picture palace audience. Unbeknownst to the audience he was standing at the back of the movie house. Barrymore apparently was discontented or bemused with his own performance stating, "...what a ham".


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