GenreAdventure, Drama, History Duration CountryUnited States
English intertitles WriterJustin Huntley McCarthy, Paul Bern, Walter Anthony Release dateMarch 12, 1927 (1927-03-12) ScreenplayJohn Barry, Paul Bern, Walter Anthony, George Marion, Jr. CastJohn Barrymore (François Villon), Conrad Veidt (King Louis XI), Marceline Day (Charlotte de Vauxcelles), Lawson Butt (Duke of Burgundy), Henry Victor (Thibault d'Aussigny), Slim Summerville (Jehan) Similar moviesThe Man in the Iron Mask, A Little Chaos, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Fatal Encounter, Kings of Pastry, The Samurai Pirate
The beloved rogue 1927
The Beloved Rogue is a 1927 American silent film, loosely based on the life of the 15th century French poet, François Villon. The film was directed by Alan Crosland for United Artists.
François Villon is played by John Barrymore, and other cast members include Conrad Veidt as King Louis XI and Marceline Day as Charlotte de Vauxcelles.
The story had been filmed in 1920 as If I Were King with William Farnum. The film was later re-made in the sound era again reverting to its original title If I Were King with Ronald Colman. And as the Vagabond King in 1930 and again in 1956
John barrymore is the king of folls in the beloved rogue 1927
John Barrymore—François Villon
Conrad Veidt—King Louis XI
Marceline Day—Charlotte de Vauxcelles
W. Lawson Butt—Duke of Burgundy
Henry Victor—Thibault d'Aussigny
Angelo Rossitto—Beppo the Dwarf
Nigel De Brulier—Astrologer
Lucy Beaumont—Villon's mother
Otto Matieson—Olivier (as Otto Mattiesen)
Jane Winton—The Abbess
Bertram Grassby—Duke of Orleans
Dick Sutherland—Tristan l'Hermite
Martha Franklin—Maid (uncredited)
Stubby Kruger -- (uncredited)
Dickie Moore—Baby Francois (uncredited)
This film was lost for some 40 years until a tinted & toned copy was discovered in the late 1960s in the collection of film pioneer Mary Pickford. Pickford, an early champion of film preservation, tried saving all things "United Artist", the production company in which she was a co-founder. Barrymore's Eternal Love (1929) is another UA film Pickford preserved. This surviving Pickford print of The Beloved Rogue represents what a true tinted & toned silent film looks like, made directly on tinted film stock prevalent in the silent era.
John Barrymore viewed the premiere of the film with a large picture palace audience. Unbeknownst to the audience he was standing at the back of the movie house. Barrymore apparently was discontented or bemused with his own performance stating, "...what a ham".