Beau Geste (1939 film)

Beau Geste (1939 Film)

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Beau Geste is a 1939 film made by Paramount Pictures based on the novel of the same name by P. C. Wren. It was directed and produced by William A. Wellman from a screenplay by Robert Carson. The music score was by Alfred Newman and the cinematography by Theodor Sparkuhl and Archie Stout.

The film is a virtual scene-for-scene remake of the 1926 film of the same name starring Ronald Colman. This version is probably the best known adaptation, with Gary Cooper, Ray Milland, Robert Preston, Susan Hayward, Broderick Crawford, and Brian Donlevy. Donlevy was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.

Beau Geste is the only movie that features as many as four Academy Award winners for Best Actor in a Leading Role (Cooper, Milland, Hayward, Crawford) prior to any of the actors receiving the Best Actor Award.

Plot

The absent spendthrift Sir Hector Brandon notifies his wife Lady Brandon (Heather Thatcher) that he intends to sell a valuable sapphire called the "Blue Water". The three orphan Geste brothers, "Beau" (Gary Cooper), Digby (Robert Preston) and John (Ray Milland), had been raised by Lady Brandon since childhood, along with her ward Isobel Rivers (Susan Hayward). At Beau's request, the gem is brought out for one last look when suddenly the lights go out and the jewel disappears. All present proclaim their innocence, but first Beau and then Digby depart without warning, each leaving a confession...
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