John Barrymore romps through medieval Paris playing a character best described as Robin Hood + Rabble-Rouser + Bugs Bunny. His pranks cause him to run afoul of the crown. Conrad Veidt (in his American debut!) plays the king as a superstitious, nose-picking goblin.
Oh, this movie is fabulous! It’s a double ham dinner with all the trimmings. Takes a turn for the serious near the end (boo!) but is an utter delight until then. One of silent Hollywood’s stranger offerings. See it.
How does it end? Hover or tap below for a spoiler.Barrymore tries to take on the villains alone but is caught and about to be killed when he is rescued when the king leads a band of beggars to his rescue. Oh, and Barrymore wins his lady love as well but that was a given.
Read my full-length review here.
If it were a dessert it would be: Bacon Gingersnaps. Bold and strange combination yet oddly irresistible.
Availability: Released on DVD.
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I’m going to have to see this! I adore the 1938 version and have no doubt I’ll feel the same about 1927.
It’s definitely the goofiest of the bunch. 😀
What a combo! Conrad Veidt and John Barrymore. Reminds me of my favourite guilty pleasure sandwich…..ham with hummus (try it). Then add Slim Summerville and Nigel De Brulier for support, it’s like having a jammy doughnut for afters!
Yeah, the cast is completely out of control and I love it!
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