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Beau Brummell

This has John Barrymore at the head of a cast that holds some strong picture names. The direction is not what it might have been, and the casting is also somewhat faulty. Irene Rich as the Duchess of York would have undoubtedly made a much better Lady Margery than Mary Astor, who played it. Although Astor is seen to advantage from the standpoint of beauty, she does not display any great histrionic ability.

Cast:
John Barrymore Mary Astor Willard Louis Irene Rich Alec B. Francis Carmel Myers

This has John Barrymore at the head of a cast that holds some strong picture names. The direction is not what it might have been, and the casting is also somewhat faulty. Irene Rich as the Duchess of York would have undoubtedly made a much better Lady Margery than Mary Astor, who played it. Although Astor is seen to advantage from the standpoint of beauty, she does not display any great histrionic ability.

Willard Louis as George, Prince of Wales, is one of the real outstanding figures. He walks away with practically every scene in which he appears.

Carmel Myers as a vamp is a modern vamp rather than one of the period in which the action is laid. Alec B. Francis as the servant to Beau Brummell makes a work of art of his role.

As to Barrymore, there are flashes in his characterization of the London dandy that are inspired, and there are other moments when he does not seem to get over at all.

Beau Brummell

Production: Warner. Director Harry Beaumont; Screenplay Dorothy Farnum; Camera David Abel

Crew: Silent. (B&W) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1924. Running time: 120 MIN.

With: John Barrymore Mary Astor Willard Louis Irene Rich Alec B. Francis Carmel Myers

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