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Beau Ideal(1931)

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RKO borrowed Lester Vail from M-G-M and Loretta Young from First National for this production. Vail, who made his screen debut in the film, replaced Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., who was recalled by his contract studio, Warner Bros., before shooting had begun. A Film Daily news item states that Ray Lissner wrote lyrics for the "marching song of the Foreign Legion" that was to be included in the picture. No evidence that such a song was included in the film has been found. Two weeks of location shooting was done in the Sonora Desert of Mexico, according to Film Daily. Another Film Daily news item noted that a "concentrator microphone," which was developed at RKO, was used in the production during noisy exterior filming. According to a Motion Picture Herald pre-release news item, this film was "valued" by RKO executives at $1,000,000. It is unclear whether this figure refers to the film's budget or its expected box office gross. Modern sources state that the film lost $330,000. Beau Ideal was billed as a sequel to Herbert Brenon's 1926 film, Beau Geste. Some of the same characters appear in both films, although the film stories do not appear to be strictly sequential. Ralph Forbes played "John Geste" in both productions. J. Roy Hunt was the cameraman, and Paul Schofield was the screenwriter for both films. According to a Film Daily news item, the same "atmospheric orchestra" that performed during rehearsals of Beau Geste also played for Beau Ideal rehearsals. In 1928, Paramount released Beau Sabreur, the second of Percival Christopher Wren's Foreign Legion stories. Beau Sabreur, which starred Gary Cooper and Evelyn Brent, was not directly related to Beau Geste or Beau Ideal (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30; F2.0309). For information concerning versions of Beau Geste, listing.