Monsieur Beaucaire


1h 33m 1946

Brief Synopsis

Beaucaire is a barber for the Royal French court who becomes a real "royal pain" for the king. As a result he is sent to the guillotine - however he is saved by the Duc de Chandre, who rescues and transports him to the Spanish court. While there Beaucaire poses as a noblesman. The only problem is, he gets into even more trouble.

Film Details

Release Date
Aug 30, 1946
Premiere Information
Los Angeles opening: 22 Aug 1946
Production Company
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Distribution Company
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel Monsieur Beaucaire by Booth Tarkington (New York, 1900) and his play of the same name (Philadelphia, PA, 7 Oct 1901).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 33m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1

Synopsis

King Philip V of Spain offers his daughter, Princess Maria, as part of a royal union between his country and France in order to avoid war, and asks King Louis XV to pick his most noble Frenchman for her husband. Louis chooses the Duke de Chandre, known for his expert swordsmanship and his popularity with women. The duke is currently involved with Madame Pompadour, who is also favored by the king. The king's barber, Monsieur Beaucaire, a dandy, is in love with beautiful chambermaid Mimi, who hopes to become a lady of the court. When, in the presence of the queen, Beaucaire mentions Madame Pompadour's familiarity with the king, the king exiles him from the palace. Before Beaucaire leaves, he indulges a whim and dons the king's garb, and Mimi, mistaking him for the king, throws herself at him. She is caught by the queen and exiled to Spain. Beaucaire later helps the duke hide Madame Pompadour, and in return the duke helps Beaucaire escape by dressing him as the duke. Beaucaire and the duke leave for Spain with the Count d'Armand, one of the king's men. As Princess Maria travels incognito with her duenna from a Swiss convent via France to Madrid, General Don Francisco, the head of King Philip's army, plans a coup d'état. When the general's men ambush Maria's coach, de Chandre rescues her and they fall in love, unaware of the other's real identity. D'Armand escorts Beaucaire to the palace to pose as de Chandre until he finishes his rendezvous. At the palace, Don Francisco rescues Mimi from Spanish soldiers and offers her a chateau in exchange for her help in killing the duke. Meanwhile, Maria's duenna separates the lovers, and the duke searches for the princess in vain. Mimi steals Beaucaire's sword, leaving him defenseless when the general's soldiers attack him, but de Chandre rescues him. De Chandre and Maria are reunited in the palace gardens, and she refuses to receive her fiancé at King Philip's welcoming banquet. Beaucaire bungles the affair, and the king is furious. When de Chandre is seen leaving Maria's chambers, her duenna has him locked up in the palace dungeon. Only when the general proclaims that de Chandre has dishonored the princess does the duke realize he is to marry the woman he loves, and confesses his identity. The general plans to keep him locked up until after the wedding the next morning, and then to expose King Louis' "double-cross" and incite war. Mimi helps the duke escape, and before the general can have Beaucaire and the king and queen of France arrested, Beaucaire engages him in a swordfight. De Chandre relieves Beaucaire and beats the general, then kisses his bride. King Philip's soldiers then go after the general, and Mimi, believing the soldiers are after her and Beaucaire, flees in a coach, followed by the general who hops on the back. Some time later, in America, General Don Francisco is the shoeshiner at the Beaucaires' barbershop. The Beaucaires also have a baby, who is the spitting image of his father.

Cast

Bob Hope

Monsieur Beaucaire

Joan Caulfield

Mimi

Patric Knowles

Duke de Chandre

Marjorie Reynolds

Princess Maria

Cecil Kellaway

Count d'Armand

Joseph Schildkraut

General Don Francisco

Reginald Owen

King Louis XV

Constance Collier

The Queen of France

Hillary Brooke

Madame Pompadour

Fortunio Bonanova

Don Carlos

Douglass Dumbrille

George Washington

Mary Nash

The duenna

Leonid Kinskey

Rene

Howard Freeman

King Philip

Anthony Caruso

Masked horseman

John Mylong

Minister of State

Jean Del Val

Minister of War

Jean Debriac

Minister of Finance

Antonio Filauri

Minister of Navy

Dorothy Vernon

Servant

Martin Garralaga

Servant

Hugh Prosser

Courier

John Maxwell

Courier

Alan Hale Jr.

Courier

Philip Van Zandt

Guard

Crane Whitley

Guard

Victor Romito

Guard

Rudolph Germaine

Guard

Bob Hartford

Guard

George Magrill

Guard

Jack Mulhall

Guard

Charley Cooley

Guard

William Meader

Guard

Saul Gorss

Swordsman bandit

Eric Alden

Bandit/swordsman

Albert Cavens

Bandit/swordsman

George Bruggeman

Bandit

Bert Lebaron

Bandit

Eddie Hall

Bandit

Nanette Vallon

Maid-in-waiting

Nan Holliday

Maid-in-waiting

Yola D'avril

Housekeeper

Stan Johnson

Officer

Lane Chandler

Officer

Nino Pipitone

Lackey

Paul Bradley

Lackey

Lynne Lyons

Signora Gonzales

Mona Maris

Marquisa Velasquez

Helen Freeman

Queen of Spain

Len Hendry

Spanish officer

Ralph Navarro

Thin man

Charles Coleman

Major domo

Brandon Hurst

Marquis

Torben Meyer

Count

Carl Neubert

Baron

George Sorel

Duke

Al Calm

Gentleman

Don Avalier

Captain

Johnnie Berkes

Court jester

Lewis Russell

Chief Justice

William Frambes

Page

Carl Russell

Valet

Buddy Roosevelt

Spanish guard

Manuel Paris

Spanish guard

Catherine Craig

Duchess

Audrey Young

Countess Marie Duvarre

Noreen Nash

Baroness

Elaine Riley

Senorita Velequaz

Llorna Jordan

Lady-in-waiting

Tony Paton

Waiter

George Lynn

Soldier

Nina Borget

Wife

Sherry Hall

Sentry

Robert "buddy" Shaw

Husband

Film Details

Release Date
Aug 30, 1946
Premiere Information
Los Angeles opening: 22 Aug 1946
Production Company
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Distribution Company
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel Monsieur Beaucaire by Booth Tarkington (New York, 1900) and his play of the same name (Philadelphia, PA, 7 Oct 1901).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 33m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1

Quotes

Trivia

Notes

Bob Hope appears as the baby in the final scene. According to Hollywood Reporter news items, Gail Russell, Paulette Goddard, Olga San Juan and Hedy Lamarr were considered for the female lead in this film. Portions of the film were shot in Chatsworth and in the Santa Monica Mountains, CA. According to a contemporary source, the Louis XV room interiors used in the film were bought from the William Randolph Hearst collection, and Patric Knowles spent five weeks learning 2,000 sword movements for his role as "de Chandre." Several reviews mentioned the hilarity of the slapstick duel that occurs between Beaucaire and the general. Cue called it "one of the funniest duel scenes Hollywood has ever filmed-a duel in which a harpsichord, a harp, a bass 'cello and assorted instruments (none of them swords) play important and comic roles." In 1924, Paramount released Monsieur Beaucaire, which was based on the same source and starred Rudolph Valentino (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30; F2.3681). Bob Hope and Joan Caulfield reprised their roles in a Lux Radio Theatre broadcast on April 14, 1947.

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States on Video May 19, 1993

Released in United States Summer August 30, 1946

Released in United States on Video May 19, 1993

Released in United States Summer August 30, 1946