Bardelys The Magnificent (1926)

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  • BARDELYS THE MAGNIFICENT


    DIRECTED BY KING VIDOR
    METRO-GOLDWYN-MAYER




    Plot Summary
    Bardely is a notorious ladykiller of the court, handing out lockets with snippets
    of his hair (which really come from a wig) like there's no tomorrow.
    When his abilities to win any woman are challenged,
    Bardely masquerades as a wanted rebel in order to win the damsel’s hand.
    Unfortunately, he also wins the attention of the law,
    who want to hang him for his crimes against the king.
    by ethanedwards


    Information from IMDb


    Full Cast
    John Gilbert ... Bardelys
    Eleanor Boardman ... Roxalanne de Lavedan
    Roy D'Arcy ... Chatellerault
    Lionel Belmore ... Vicomte de Lavedan
    Emily Fitzroy ... Vicomtesse de Lavedan
    George K. Arthur ... St. Eustache
    Arthur Lubin ... King Louis XIII
    Theodore von Eltz ... Lesperon
    Karl Dane ... Rodenard
    Edward Connelly ... Cardinal Richelieu
    Fred Malatesta ... Castelrous
    John T. Murray ... Lafosse
    Joe Smith Marba ... Innkeeper (as Joseph Marba)
    Daniel G. Tomlinson ... Sergeant of Dragoons
    Emile Chautard ... Anatol
    Max Barwyn ... Cozelatt
    Gino Corrado ... Duellist (uncredited)
    Lou Costello ... Extra (uncredited)
    Lon Poff ... Prison Friar (uncredited)
    Carl Stockdale ... Judge of the Tribunal (uncredited)
    Duke Morrison ... Guard (uncredited)


    Writing credits
    Rafael Sabatini- (novel "Bardelys the Magnificent")
    Dorothy Farnum- (adaptation and scenario)


    Original Music
    William Axt (uncredited)
    R.H. Bassett (uncredited)

    Cinematography
    William H. Daniels


    Trivia
    Movie Status
    Long thought lost, a print of this film was discovered
    in a private collection and restored for a DVD release.
    It was missing its third reel, but scenes from the trailer
    and production stills were edited in via a continuity script


    According to Turner Classic Movies host Robert Osborne,
    the reason this film was (almost) lost was that Rafael Sabatini,
    the author of the book, didn't sell the movie rights to MGM outright.
    Instead, he leased them for 10 years, and in 1936 MGM
    chose not to renew the lease because it decided that a silent film
    with a now-dead star no longer had commercial value.
    So, according to the terms of Sabatini's contract,
    MGM destroyed the negative and all known prints.


    This Movie has now as a result of restoration,
    become available.


    Filming Locations
    Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios - 10202 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City, California, USA


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    Best Wishes
    Keith
    London- England

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  • Bardelys the Magnificent is a 1926 American romantic silent film directed by King Vidor
    and starring John Gilbert and Eleanor Boardman.
    The film is based on a novel by Rafael Sabatini.
    It was the second film of the 19 year old John Wayne, who had a minor role.


    This is one of Duke's movies,
    that has now as a result of restoration,
    become available.

    It is a slient movie
    Released just after Brown of Harvard,
    in the spring of 1926, near the end of Duke's
    second semester at USC.


    During Duke's freshman year at USC,
    he earned pocket money as an extra
    Duke is uncredited, as far as we are aware cannot be seen.
    He is portrayed as a 'spear-carrying guard'


    Life Magazine


    User Review

    Best Wishes
    Keith
    London- England

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  • Hi Keith

    I just got a copy of the restored version of this and have spent hours looking at the "spear carrying guards" and have not spotted JW yet!

    However my eyes are not as young as they used to be and I just KNOW someone will tell us at what point in the film JW can be seen.

    WHEN someone tells me I shall post a screen capture and the clip here.

    Be who you are & say what you feel Because those who mind dont matter & those who matter dont mind

    Edited once, last by Elly: Spelling ().

  • Hello,


    I have just watched this movie via Netflix. I know the movie reviews tell us that he plays a spear carrying guard.


    However, if you look closely, the Duke is one of the four soldiers that carries out the dead body after the Count falls on his sword. I replayed this scene several times, pausing, etc and I am convinced he is one of those soldiers. Take a look and see if you agree.

  • Hello,

    I have just watched this movie via Netflix. I know the movie reviews tell us that he plays a spear carrying guard.

    However, if you look closely, the Duke is one of the four soldiers that carries out the dead body after the Count falls on his sword. I replayed this scene several times, pausing, etc and I am convinced he is one of those soldiers. Take a look and see if you agree.



    I agree with you. prior to this JW can also be seen with a spear as a guard but only for about 3 seconds!

    Be who you are & say what you feel Because those who mind dont matter & those who matter dont mind


  • I. “Pexy said…..It was about this time [1926], too that Duke and Pexy made a little money as extras in motion pictures, even before Duke began working at Fox studios… Duke worked as a football player in several of them... I was usually employed as a football fan in the crowd scenes. I remember one of them was filmed in the rose bowl….I do recall the title of one we worked in though, because it was a big budget film and starred John Gilbert. It was called Bardelays (sic) the magnificent……Duke portrayed one of the spear carrying guards who were gathered around the gallows where Gilbert was about to be hanged. The script called for Gilbert’s character to grab a spear from one of the guards and use it to pole vault over the crowd, thereby escaping….and I did the pole vaulting stunt. Duke and I enjoyed such work and were grateful for the pay which was about eight or ten dollars a day – good money back then”. Page 66-671



    II. “Duke’s participation in this film was heretofore unknown. Pexy Eckles recalled it during our interview with him. Duke portrayed one of several spear carrying guards gathered around a gallows where Gilbert was to be hanged. Pexy doubled for Gilbert; neither he nor Duke were billed” Page 3891


    III. “Wayne and his boyhood friend Pexy Eckles were hired as spear-carrying guards in the gallows scene.” Page 302


    With thanks to Elly
    John Wayne Before Stagecoach

    Best Wishes
    Keith
    London- England

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