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Beau Geste

Beau Geste(1939)

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According to a news item in Hollywood Reporter, Paramount considered producing this film in 1936 as their first Technicolor picture, to be directed by Henry Hathaway. Later news items in Hollywood Reporter note that Susan Hayward replaced Patricia Morison in the role of Isobel Rivers, and that part of this picture was filmed on location in Yuma, Arizona. According to a contemporary source, Paramount built an entire desert city 19 miles west of Yuma for this picture. Modern sources note that this was the site used by Paramount's 1926 film. The city consisted of roads, 136 tents to house 1,000 men, and a movie theater. A Hollywood Reporter news item added that Howard Batt flew a daily aerial taxi service between the Yuma location and Paramount studios in Hollywood. Once the production was completed, the Imperial County Board of Supervisors renamed Buttercup Valley, the site on which the city was built, "Beau Geste Valley." The picture was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor (Brian Donlevy) and for Best Art Direction. It also marked the screen debut of Susan Hayward. Paramount previously filmed the Percival Christopher Wren novel in 1926, under the same title, and starring Ronald Colman and Neil Hamilton, and directed by Herbert Brenon (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30; F2.0307). In 1966, Universal filmed another version using the same title, directed by Douglas Hayes and starring Guy Stockwell and Telly Savalas; and in 1977, Universal filmed a satirical version called The Last Remake of Beau Geste; it starred Marty Feldman and Michael York and was directed by Feldman. According to modern sources, Feldman acquired the rights to the 1939 version and used footage from it in his version of the story.