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Beau Geste

Beau Geste(1939)

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  • 'Cooper, Gary' was not in the original Beau Geste (1926), but he did appear both in this remake of it and in the sequel to it, Beau Sabreur (1928). William A. Wellman declined the job of directing the latter film but did direct this one.
  • Film was honored on one of four 25? US commemorative postage stamps issued 23 March 1990 honoring classic films released in 1939. The stamp featured 'Gary Cooper' as Beau Geste. The other films honored were Stagecoach (1939), Wizard of Oz, The (1939), and Gone with the Wind (1939).
  • At the film's world premiere, the first reel of the 1926 silent version of "Beau Geste" was shown just before the entire 1939 sound version, in an effort to demonstrate how far films had advanced in thirteen years. This almost backfired because the 1939 film apparently followed the 1926 one extremely closely, and some of the first-night critics were annoyed rather than pleased at this, feeling that the 1939 version should have been more imaginative. However, this did not keep the 1939 version from becoming a smash hit and a film classic.

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