Beau Brummell (1913)


Introduction

Beau Brummel is a 1913 silent short film directed by and starring James Young in the titular role.

The supporting cast features Clara Kimball Young and Rex Ingram.

The picture was released through the Vitagraph Company of America and based upon the Clyde Fitch novel and play, with a running time of ten minutes.

Richard Mansfield originated the play on Broadway in 1894.

The film was remade in 1924 and 1954.

Outline

George Bryan “Beau” Brummell (07 June 1778 – 30 March 1840) was an iconic figure in Regency England and for many years the arbiter of men’s fashion. At one time he was a close friend of the Prince Regent, the future King George IV, but after the two quarrelled, and Brummell got into debt, he had to take refuge in France. Eventually he died shabby and insane in Caen.

In June 1794 Brummell joined the Tenth Royal Hussars as a cornet, the lowest rank of commissioned officer.

You can read more about Brummel’s life here.

Cast

  • James Young – Beau Brummell.
  • Clara Kimball Young – Helen Ballarat.
  • Charles Chapman – The Prince of Wales (the later George IV).
  • Julia Swayne Gordon – The Duchess.
  • Edward R. Phillips – Lord Ballarat (as E. R. Phillips) James Morrison – Lord Alvanley Etienne Girardot – Isadore, Brummel’s Valet Rex Ingram – (billed as Rex Hitchcock).
  • Richard Leslie – Lord Beaconsfield (*as Dick Leslie).
  • Helene Costello – Child.

Production & Filming Details

  • Director(s): James Young.
  • Producer(s): Vitagraph Company of America.
  • Writer(s): Eugene Mullin.
  • Distributor(s): General Film Company.
  • Release Date: 19 February 1913.
  • Running Time: 10 minutes.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: Silent (English intertitles).

 

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