Beau Ideal (1931)
Directed by Herbert Brenon
Ralph Forbes as John Geste
Loretta Young as Isobel Brandon
Irene Rich as Lady Brandon
Lester Vail as Otis Madison
Frank McCormick as Carl Neyer
Otto Matieson as Jacob Levine
Don Alvarado as Ramon Gonzales
Bernard Siegel as Ivan Radinoff
Myrtle Stedman as Mrs. Frank Madison
Leni Stengel as The Angel of Death
Hoping to benefit from the popularity of the 1927 silent version of P.C. Wren's Beau Geste, RKO Radio reunited the earlier film's star, Ralph Forbes, and director Herbert Brenon for 1931's Beau Ideal, again adapted from a Wren novel.
Something of a sequel to Beau Geste, the story concerns the efforts by Foreign Legionaire Otis Madison to locate his childhood chum John Geste. The two men are reunited in the Arabian desert, where Geste is doing penance in a stockade reserved for discredited Legionnaires. With Otis's help, Geste redeems himself by squashing a native uprising fomented by a duplicitous Emir. Ultimately, our hero returns to England and the arms of heroine Isobel Brandon -- but not before a close call with a slinky seductress, appropriately nicknamed The Angel of Death.
Beau Ideal was a flop to the tune of $300,000, and as a result the exploits of the Geste family would not again be dramatized for the screen until the 1939 remake of Beau Geste.
Actors: Irene Rich, Loretta Young