The theft of an enormous gem, the Blue Water, sends the three notoriously adventuresome Geste brothers into the French Foreign Legion. Gary Coper, Ray Milland, and Robert Preston boldly play the three loyal siblings who have taken the rap to save the female culprit. Assigned to a desert command, they suffer cruelties under the heavy hand of Sergeant Markoff (Brian Donlevy) and then come upon a mysterious tragedy at their fort. Produced in a giant sweep with hard-edged realism by director William Wellman, this version of BEAU GESTE is the classic one, featuring fine turns from Cooper, Milland, and Preston as well as Donlevy and Susan Hayward. Based on the epic novel by Percival Christopher Wren, the film has been remade and parodied several times. Don't miss the beginning--the haunting opening sequence is one of the most famous in Hollywood history.
Gary Cooper - Oscar-winning actor, HIGH NOON, SERGEANT YORK
Frank J. Cooper - Oscar-winning actor, HIGH NOON, SERGEANT YORK
Brian Donlevy - American Actor
Ray Milland - Welsh-born actor, THE LOST WEEKEND/LOVE STORY
Reginald Truscott-Jones - Welsh-born actor, THE LOST WEEKEND/LOVE STORY
Reginald Mullane - Welsh-born actor, THE LOST WEEKEND/LOVE STORY
Spike Milland - Welsh-born actor, THE LOST WEEKEND/LOVE STORY
Raymond Milland - Welsh-born actor, THE LOST WEEKEND/LOVE STORY
Albert Dekker - American Actor
James Stephenson - British Actor/D. 1941
Susan Hayward - American Actress
Edythe Marrener - American Actress
Heather Thatcher - British Actress
Alfred Newman - Composer/Conductor/D.1970
William Wellman - American Director, THE OX-BOW INCIDENT (1943)
William A. Wellman - American Director, THE OX-BOW INCIDENT (1943)
William Augustus Wellman - American Director, THE OX-BOW INCIDENT (1943)
Robert Odell - Art Director
Hans Dreier - Production Designer
Thomas Scott - Sound
Percival Christopher Wren - Novelist\"Beau Geste"
P. C. Wren - Novelist\"Beau Geste"
Archie Stout - American Cinematographer
Archibald Stout - American Cinematographer
A.J. Stout - American Cinematographer
Robert Preston - American Actor
Robert Preston Meservey - American Actor
Broderick Crawford - American actor
William Broderick Crawford - American actor
J. Carrol Naish - American Character Actor
Carrol Naish - American Character Actor
Robert Carson - Writer, 1930s-'60s
BEAU GESTE is the oft-made adventure tale that tells the story of three brothers who "confess" to stealing a rare gem in order to save the real thief. The brothers-in-arms battle the elements and their enemies to live long enough to clear the family name.
Markoff, played by Brian Donlevy, was originally to have been named Lejeune. Percival C. Wren's source novel was filmed once before, in 1926, and once after, in 1966.
"[O]nce the brothers enlist, the movie catches fire." - 05/31/2005 USA Today, p.3D