BEAU GESTE (1939)
Director William A. Wellman reunited with Gary Cooper, one of the stars of WINGS (1927), for this remake of the Ronald Colman silent adventure classic. As the eponymous hero, Gary Cooper defends a beleaguered fort against Arab attackers. The role conforms comfortably to the parameters of Cooper’s mid-period star persona: Beau Geste is a paradigm of rugged yet restrained male virtue. As Cooper’s sadistic nemesis, Brian Donlevy fairly steals the scenes they share (and earned an Oscar® nomination for Best Supporting Actor). (Note courtesy of UCLA Film & Television Archive.) DIR/PROD William A. Wellman; SCR Robert Carson, from the novel by Percival Christopher Wren. U.S., 1939, b&w, 112 min, 35mm. NOT RATED
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