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Bardelys the Magnificent
(1926) American
B&W : Nine reels / 8536 feet
Directed by King Vidor

Cast: John Gilbert [The Marquis Christian de Bardelys], Eleanor Boardman [Roxalanne de Lavedan], Roy D’Arcy [Comte de Chatellerault], Lionel Belmore [Vicomte de Lavedan], Emily Fitzroy [Vicomtesse de Lavedan], George K. Arthur [Chevalier de Saint-Eustache], Arthur Lubin [King Louis XIII], Theodore von Eltz [René de Lesperon], Karl Dane [Rodenard, Bardelys’ servant], Fred Malatesta [Castelroux], John T. Murray [La Fosse], Joseph Marba (Joe Smith Marba) [the innkeeper], Daniel G. Tomlinson [the sergeant of dragoons], Emile Chautard [Anatol], Max Barwyn [Cozelatt], Gino Corrado [the duelling cuckold husband], John Wayne [a spearcarrying guard], [?] Lou Costello [extra]?

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Corporation production; distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Distributing Corporation. / Scenario by Dorothy Farnum + [King Vidor], from the novel Bardelys the Magnificent by Rafael Sabatini. Set design by Cedric Gibbons and James Basevi + [Richard Day]. Costume design by André-ani + [Lucia Coulter]. Technical direction by Robert Florey. Assistant director, Harold Bucquet. Cinematography by William Daniels. Intertitles by Marian Aineslee and Ruth Cummings. Edited by Conrad Nervig. / © 23 September 1926 by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Corporation [LP23140]. Premiered 30 September 1926 in Los Angeles, California. General release, 21 November 1926. / Standard 35mm spherical 1.37:1 format. / Scenes featuring Edward Connelly as Cardinal Richelieu were cut before the film’s release. The film was released in Austria and Germany in 1927. When their rights to the Sabatini novel expired in 1936, MGM executives opted to not renew them and were then obligated to destroy the film elements, including the original camera negative, for the production. Previously, the only known surviving footage of this film appeared in a surviving theatrical trailer and a brief length of footage seen in King Vidor’s Show People (1928). An incomplete 35mm nitrate print of the film (missing reel three) was recovered in France in 2006, and was the basis for the 2008 reconstruction by Lobster Films, Paris.

Comedy-Drama: Historical.

Survival status: Print exists in the film holdings of Lobster Films, Paris [incomplete 35mm reconstruction positive]; also, approximately 30 minutes of the film has survived in a private film collection.

Current rights holder: (unknown)

Keywords: Royalty: Kings (Louis XIII of France)

Listing updated: 26 January 2015.

References: Drew-Speaking pp. 44, 47, 57, 275; Eames-MGM p. 30; Kobal-Fifty p. 34; Lahue-Gentlemen p. 105; McGhee-Wayne p. 315; Sweeney-Coming p. 100; Weaver-Twenty p. 143 : Website-AFI; Website-IMDb : with additional information provided by Phillip Dye and David Shepard.

Home video: DVD.

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