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Beau Brummell (1954)

Approved | | Biography, Drama, History | 16 November 1954 (UK)
In 1796, Captain George Brummell of the 10th Royal Hussars Regiment offends the Prince of Wales with his straightforward outspokenness and gets fired from the army but is chosen as the Prince's personal advisor.

Director:

Curtis Bernhardt

Writers:

Karl Tunberg (screenplay), Clyde Fitch (based on the play written for Richard Mansfield by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Stewart Granger ... Beau Brummell
Elizabeth Taylor ... Lady Patricia
Peter Ustinov ... Prince of Wales
Robert Morley ... King George III
James Donald ... Lord Edwin Mercer
James Hayter ... Mortimer
Rosemary Harris ... Mrs. Fitzherbert
Paul Rogers ... William Pitt
Noel Willman ... Lord Byron
Peter Dyneley ... Midger
Charles Carson ... Sir Geoffrey Baker
Ernest Clark ... Dr. Warren
Peter Bull ... Mr. Fox
Mark Dignam ... Mr. Burke
Desmond Roberts ... Colonel
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Storyline

In nineteenth century England, Captain George Brummell (Stewart Granger) is an upper-class dandy. He has to leave the Army after having insulted the Prince of Wales (Sir Peter Ustinov). This gives him the opportunity to start a smear campaign against the Prince. The Prince, who is tired of all of the yes-men around him, hires him as his chief advisor. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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Lover! Scoundrel! Adventurer! See more »


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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 November 1954 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Life and Times of Beau Brummell See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,762,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The film had troubles with the U.S. censor, the Production Code Administration because of the apparent justification of the immoral relationship between the Prince of Wales (Peter Ustinov) and Mrs. Fitzherbert (Rosemary Harris), because a steward at a gentlemen's club had the manner of a "sex pervert", because the Prince checks the gender of a dog, and because of the use of the word "damn". Changes were made, but the running time remained the same. See more »

Goofs

When the mad King George III hides from Brummel and the prince behind the draperies, the boom shadow makes a prominent appearance on the wall at the top right of the screen. See more »

Quotes

Prince of Wales: She's leaving me, George. Moriah's going. I don't want to live without her. I WON'T live without her. I'm sorry, George. I know it's not very manly of me. Silly of me to have come! You're the only friend I've got so I had to.
George Bryan 'Beau' Brummell: Come and sit down. Don't talk if you don't feel like it, just rest.
Mortimer: [Gives Brummell the three rings Patricia sent] These came for you, earlier on, sir.
George Bryan 'Beau' Brummell: Thank you.
Prince of Wales: Moriah's going to Italy to live. I can't say I blame her really. People whispering about her, slandering her. ...
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Connections

Version of Beau Brummel (1924) See more »

Soundtracks

Entente Cordiale
(uncredited)
Music by Gabriel Allier
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Granger Shines in Brummell Tale ***
22 July 2006 | by edwagreenSee all my reviews

Giving up a military career when he is rude to the Prince of Wales, Stewart Granger is excellent as the handsome gentleman consumed with looking great and cavorting with upper class society in this elegant film.

Peter Ustinov is just marvelous as The Prince of Wales. Again and again, he shows that he was just born to play these majestic spots. Robert Morely is fabulous in the one scene that he appears in the film as the insane king.

The weak link here is Elizabeth Taylor. She seems like she is acting in 1944's "National Velvet."

The picture is a wonderful study of class values, snobbery and redemption in the end.


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