Beau Brummell 03/07/20
This remake of Warners’ 1924 John Barrymore feature gives us Elizabeth Taylor in the Mary Astor role, Stewart Granger as the fashion dandy of the Restoration Period, and a scene-stealing Peter Ustinov as a lonely, needy Prince of Wales. The historical details are bogus, but it at least doesn’t turn Brummell into a typical swashbuckler. Compensating are English actors that can get any script up on its feet, and Liz Taylor’s blue-violet eyes. And the Oswald Morris cinematography improves greatly on the MGM house style. Also starring Robert Morley, James Donald, James Hayter, Rosemary Harris, Paul Rogers, and Noel Willman. On Blu-ray from The Warner Archive Collection.