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Directed by George Marshall
USA 1946

 

The French court will never be the same when Bob Hope gets through with it! A barber in the court of King Louis XV, Monsieur Beaucaire (Hope, My Favorite Brunette), falls in love with a beautiful maid (Joan Caulfield, Larceny). When the king has had enough of the inept barber’s shenanigans, Beaucaire is led to the guillotine where he is about to lose his head! Luckily for him, the Duc de Chandre (Patric Knowles, The Bride Wore Boots) rescues Beaucaire from his inevitable fate, transporting him to the Spanish court. However, when he later poses as a nobleman, it seems he may have pushed his luck a little too far. Featuring lavish costumes and sets, this classic comedy directed by Hollywood great George Marshall (The Ghost Breakers) showcases Bob Hope at his finest. Melvin Frank (My Favorite Blonde) and Norman Panama (The Court Jester) adapted the screenplay from Booth Tarkington’s (The Magnificent Ambersons) novel, with Marjorie Reynolds (Holiday Inn), Cecil Kellaway (Unconquered), Joseph Schildkraut (The Shop Around the Corner), Reginald Owen (The Good Fairy), Constance Collier (Rope) and Hillary Brooke (Road to Utopia) rounding out the wonderful cast.

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King Louis XV of France is invited by his rival King Philip V of Spain to choose a suitable husband for Philip's daughter, Princess Maria, as a gesture of unity between their two nations. Louis's choice is the Duc le Chandre, but the duke fancies Madame Pompadour, as does the king.

Louis' barber, Beaucaire, becomes tangled in a web of deceit along with Mimi, a chambermaid he loves. Both end up exiled from France, and after Beaucaire assists the duke in hiding Madame Pompadour, all must ward off General Don Francisco, who is planning to overthrow Philip so that he can rule Spain.

After a series of mistakes and misadventures, Beaucaire shows his bravery in a sword fight with Don Francisco, and is rewarded by the duke coming to his rescue.

Excerpt from Wikipedia located HERE

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Theatrical Release: September 4th, 1946

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Distribution Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:33:18.718        
Video

1.37:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 24,262,581,089 bytes

Feature: 21,244,004,352 bytes

Video Bitrate: 26.93 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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DTS-HD Master Audio English 1795 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1795 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)

Subtitles English, None
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1.37:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 24,262,581,089 bytes

Feature: 21,244,004,352 bytes

Video Bitrate: 26.93 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

• Bob Hope Promo (4:18)
• Bob Hope Trailers


Blu-ray Release Date:
February 1st, 2022
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Chapters 10

 

 

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ADDITION: Kino Blu-ray (January 2022): Kino have transferred George Marshall's Monsieur Beaucaire to Blu-ray. It is cited as being from a "Brand New 2K Master". It has quite a few marks scattered throughout the HD presentation. The contrast is consistent with rich black levels and the source appears to have strong density. Aside from the frequent marks - more in the beginning of the film - it looks reasonable, but fairly unremarkable, in 1080P.

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On their Blu-ray, Kino use a DTS-HD Master dual-mono track (24-bit) in the original English language. Monsieur Beaucaire has no strong aggressive moments but a lively, bouncy, score by Robert Emmett Dolan (Murder He Says, The Major and the Minor, Mr. Peabody and the Mermaid, The Bells of St. Mary's, My Son John, The Three Faces of Eve) that adds to the humorous sequences via a clear lossless transfer. Kino offer optional English subtitles on their Region 'A' Blu-ray.

The Kino Blu-ray offers only a 'Kino Bob Hope Promo' trailer running 4 minutes with clips from a variety of the comedian's films and complete trailers for 13 Bob Hope movies.

George Marshall's Monsieur Beaucaire is a highly amusing Bob Hope period comedy. Hope is in fine form defining his delightful, often selfish and cowardly, everyman persona that would last for decades through hosting the Academy Awards show 19 times and a USO career in which he headlined 57 times. He survived past his 100th birthday in a remarkable life. Fans will appreciate Monsieur Beaucaire. I'm pleased it was released Kino Blu-ray and despite the bare-bones status, there is value here.

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