Beau Brummell is a 1954 American-British historical film released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. It was directed by Curtis Bernhardt and produced by Sam Zimbalist from a screenplay by Karl Tunberg, based on the play Beau Brummell by Clyde Fitch. The play was previously adapted as a silent film made in 1924 and starring John Barrymore as Beau Brummell, Mary Astor and Willard Louis as the Prince of Wales.
The music score was by Richard Addinsell with Miklós Rózsa. The film stars Stewart Granger as Beau Brummell, Elizabeth Taylor and Peter Ustinov as the Prince of Wales.
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The film ends with a deathbed reconciliation between a dying Brummell and the Prince, who as George IV is passing through Le Havre between his British and Hanoverian kingdoms. There is no record the king met Brummell again after the latter fled, in debt, to France in 1816 and in any case the scene is an anachronism; Beau Brummell died at Caen in 1840 having survived George by almost ten years.
Stewart Granger as George Bryan "Beau" Brummell
Elizabeth Taylor as Lady Patricia Belham
Peter Ustinov as the Prince of Wales
Robert Morley as King George III
James Donald as Lord Edwin Mercer
James Hayter as Mortimer
Rosemary Harris as Mrs. Maria Anne Fitzherbert
Paul Rogers as William Pitt
Noel Willman as Lord George Gordon Byron
Peter Dyneley as Midger
Charles Carson as Sir Geoffrey Baker
Ernest Clark as Doctor Warren
Peter Bull as Mr. Fox
Mark Dignam as Mr. Burke
Desmond Roberts as Colonel
David Horne as Thurlow
Ralph Truman as Sir Ralph Sidley
Elwyn Brook-Jones as Mr. Tupp
George De Warfaz as Doctor Dubois
Henry Oscar as Doctor Willis
Harold Kasket as Mayor
The film was made by MGM-British at the company's Elstree Studios. Clyde Fitch's play was written in 1890 as a vehicle for Richard Mansfield. MGM bought the rights in early 1951 as a vehicle for Stewart Granger.
Filming began in London on 15 November 1953. Elizabeth Taylor's character was a combination of several women in Brummell's life.
According to MGM records the film earned $1,049,000 in the US and $1,652,000 elsewhere. It made a loss of $383,000. However, in recent years the film has attained a considerable cult status and popularity, largely because of the story of British high society in the colorful Napoleonic and Regency Eras and because of memorable performances by Granger, Taylor, Ustinov and Morley as "Mad King George III". It is frequently shown on classic movie channels.