The Beloved Rogue (March 12, 1927)

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The Beloved Rogue
 

Released on March 12, 1927: The poet playboy of Paris chases the girl of his dreams and runs from a death sentence from the King.

Directed by Alan Crosland

The Actors: John Barrymore (Francois Villon), Conrad Veidt (King Louis XI), Marceline Day (Charlotte de Vauxcelles), Lawson Butt (the Duke of Burgundy), Henry Victor (Thibault d'Aussigny), Slim Summerville (Jehan), Mack Swain (Nicholas), Angelo Rossitto (Beppo the dwarf), Nigel De Brulier (court astrologher), Lucy Beaumont (Villon's mother), Otto Matieson (Oivier), Jane Winton (the Abbess), Rose Dione (Margot), Bertram Grassby (Duke of Orleans), Dick Sutherland (Tristan l'Hermite), Martha Franklin (maid), Stubby Kruger (unknown), Dickie Moore (baby Francois)

 

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French Love

On the outside this epic silent adventure is about post Joan of Arc Paris and the ongoing battles between French Royalty and the common folk. But under the skin of French history it is a pure and simple chick-flick with ladies’ man John Barrymore as the leading man. As the movie opens we watch his father being burned at the stake just like Joan of Arc, and his poor pregnant mother sadly collects a few of his father's ashes as a keepsake. Her wish for her yet unborn son is that he continues the fight against corrupt Royalty just as his father did. Fast forward and we discover the grown son Francois Villon, who has become the most notable poet of Paris, and the town fool. He and his buddies like to drink, play with the girls of Paris and have a good time. On this Day of Fools, April 1, he is selected by the neighborhood as the King of Fools for the day, and he dresses like a clown to lead the festivities of the day. When the King of France passes by he is offended by this King of Fools and decrees that he must leave Paris forever, and if he is ever caught inside the city walls he will be put to death. Okay, that's the historic skin of this love story . . . . Here’s the real scoop. Boy discovers pretty girl who is supposed to marry evil man, boy takes girl away from evil man and tries to court her, evil man kidnaps girl, boy chases after evil man, evil man captures boy and prepares to kill him, boy escapes and gets girl again, and everyone lives happily ever after. The leading man in this tale of Paris is legendary John Barrymore . . . and when you see his facial expressions and body movements you will begin to understand why he was head and shoulders above most actors of the day. In silent motion picture the visual is everything . . . and watching John Barrymore silently you can clearly empathize with his mood and almost read his mind . . . knowing exactly what he is thinking about and the mood he is in. And who is the lovely lass that is the focus of everyone's attention? The amazing Marceline Day, who along with her sister Alice, appeared with the finest actors in some of the best early motion pictures. The very private Marceline seldom let the movie fans into her private life and relatively little is known about her . . . except that when actors like John Barrymore, Lon Chaney or Buster Keaton wanted some beautiful eye-candy in their movie they often turned to Marceline Day. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter on it and enjoy the show.

John Barrymore as Francois Villon in The Beloved Rogue
John Barrymore as Francois Villon in The Beloved Rogue
Marceline Day as Charlotte de Vauxcelles in The Beloved Rogue
Marceline Day as Charlotte de Vauxcelles in The Beloved Rogue
John Barrymore in The Beloved Rogue
John Barrymore in The Beloved Rogue
Marceline Day meets John Barrymore
Marceline Day meets John Barrymore
Marceline Day is frightened as John Barrymore comes crashing through her boudoir window
Marceline Day is frightened as John Barrymore comes crashing through her boudoir window
Angelo Rossitto and John Barrymore
Angelo Rossitto and John Barrymore
Angelo Rossitto as Beppo
Angelo Rossitto as Beppo
Angelo Rossitto as Beppo in The Beloved Rogue
Angelo Rossitto as Beppo in The Beloved Rogue
Conrad Veidt as King Louis XI in The Beloved Rogue
Conrad Veidt as King Louis XI in The Beloved Rogue
Conrad Veidt in The Beloved Rogue
Conrad Veidt in The Beloved Rogue
Conrad Veidt as King Louis exiles Villon from Paris
Conrad Veidt as King Louis exiles Villon from Paris
Conrad Veidt in 1927 in The Beloved Rogue
Conrad Veidt in 1927 in The Beloved Rogue
Conrad Veidt as King Louis XI on his throne
Conrad Veidt as King Louis XI on his throne
Dick Sutherland as the King's executioner
Dick Sutherland as the King's executioner
Dick Sutherland in The Beloved Rogue
Dick Sutherland in The Beloved Rogue
Dickie Moore as baby Francois Villon
Dickie Moore as baby Francois Villon
Henry Victor as Count Thibault d'Aussigny
Henry Victor as Count Thibault d'Aussigny
John Barrymore and Henry Victor
John Barrymore and Henry Victor face off in Charlotte's room
John Barrymore and Lucy Beaumont in The Beloved Rogue
John Barrymore and Lucy Beaumont in The Beloved Rogue
John Barrymore and Marceline Day
John Barrymore and Marceline Day
John Barrymore as Francois Villon, poet, pick pocket and patriot
John Barrymore as Francois Villon, poet, pick pocket and patriot
John Barrymore dressed in clown outfit as King of the Fools
John Barrymore dressed in clown outfit as King of the Fools
John Barrymore captured by Thibault d'Aussigny and prepared for death
John Barrymore captured by Thibault d'Aussigny and prepared for death
John Barrymore in The Beloved Rogue
John Barrymore in The Beloved Rogue
John Barrymore lands in the boudoir of Charlotte de Vauxcelles
John Barrymore lands in the boudoir of Charlotte de Vauxcelles
John Barrymore sayse goodbye to the executioner
John Barrymore sayse goodbye to the executioner
John Barrymore says goodbye to Thibault
John Barrymore says goodbye to Thibault
Lawson Butt as the Duke of Burgundy
Lawson Butt as the Duke of Burgundy
Lucy Beaumont and John Barrymore
Lucy Beaumont and John Barrymore
Lucy Beaumont, Marceline Day and John Barrymore
Lucy Beaumont, Marceline Day and John Barrymore
Lucy Beaumont as Villon's mother
Lucy Beaumont as Villon's mother
Mark Swain and Slim Summerville
Mark Swain and Slim Summerville
Marceline Day and Henry Victor
Marceline Day and Henry Victor
Marceline Day and Lucy Beaumont
Marceline Day and Lucy Beaumont
Marceline Day as Charlotte de Vauxcelles
Marceline Day as Charlotte de Vauxcelles
Marceline Day cowers from Henry Victor
Marceline Day cowers from Henry Victor
Marceline Day in The Beloved Rogue
Marceline Day in The Beloved Rogue
Marceline Day is told that she must marry Count THibault d'Aussigny
Marceline Day is told that she must marry Count Thibault d'Aussigny
Marceline Day sees the clown King of the Fools
Marceline Day sees the clown King of the Fools
Marceline Day tries to resist the amorous John Barrymore
Marceline Day tries to resist the amorous John Barrymore
Marceline Day is wooed by JOhn Barrymore
Marceline Day is wooed by John Barrymore
Nigel De Brulier and Conrad Veidt
Nigel De Brulier and Conrad Veidt
Nigel De Brulier, as the court astrologer, gives Conrad Veidt advice
Nigel De Brulier, as the court astrologer, gives Conrad Veidt advice
Nigel De Brulier as the King's astrologer
Nigel De Brulier as the King's astrologer
Slim Summerville and John Barrymore on All Fools Day
Slim Summerville and John Barrymore on All Fools Day
the bear licks John Barrymore's cheek
the bear licks John Barrymore's cheek
John Barrymore, as the King of Fools, is heartbroken when the King banishes him from Paris
John Barrymore, as the King of Fools, is heartbroken when the King banishes him from Paris