Monsieur Beaucaire

1
At the Court of Louis
  XV pleasure was the 
business of state ...
To amuse the unamus-
able, the Marquise de 
Pompadour had built a
private theatre, where
courtier rivalled artist
for a smile of the King.

2
Louis, by the Grace of
  God, King of France
and of Navarre.
    ...Lowell Sherman.

3
The Marquise of 
 Pompadour, by
the Grace of Louis,
Ruler of France and 
of Navarre.
   ...Paulette Duval.

4
The grand-nephew of
 the great Cardinal
- - Armand, Duke of
Richelieu.
     ...John Davidson.

5
"The Queen late?
 Impossible! I set
 her clocks myself."

6
Etiquette is the Court's
  God - and etiquette
has been defied! The
Queen of France is late!

7
Marie Leczinska, Queen
 of France.
       ...Lois Wilson.

8
Princess Henrietta of
 Bourbon, cousin of 
the King, that day
arrived from her con-
vent in Burgundy.
       ...Bebe Daniels.

9
"Holy Saints! She's cut
 the favorite! What are
  our young people
     coming to?"

10
"Where is Chartres? He
 is the only one who
 never fails to amuse 
         me!"

11
"Find the Duke of
    Chartres!"

12
Louis-Philippe of
 Orleans, Duke of
Chartres - Prince of 
the Blood and cousin
of the King.
 ...Rudolph Valentino.

13
Even in a convent a
 Princess may dream
... and when the dream
    comes true ...

14
"Of course this little sur-
 prise for His Majesty
 was arranged between
 the Duke and Madame
 de Pompadour. They
 are wonderful allies,
 Duke and the favorite."

15
The shock of his life
 - a woman is not
looking at him!

16
To force a woman to
 look at you, look at
other women.

17
"As my poor efforts
 displease Madame La
 Princess, with Your
 Majesty's permission,
 I will sing no more."

18
"Sire, do not let my
 convent ways spoil your
 Court's pleasure. With 
 Your Majesty's permis-
  sion, I will retire."

19
"Sire, do not let me spoil 
 the pleasures of Madame
 La Princesse's first day
 at Court. With Your
 Majesty's permission, I 
      will retire."

20
"Madame de Pompa-
 dour suggests that
 you be given the
 honor of restoring our
 Court's diversions to
 favor in the eyes of
 Madame La Princesse."

21
"Madame La Princesse,
 permit that I make
 known to you your
 cousin, Monseigneur de
 Chartres, whom it is
 our pleasure you shall
        marry."

22
Morning at the Palais
 Royal revealed the
hideous secret of a
 Prince of the Blood.

23
He shaves himself!

24
"Ah, I should have
  been a barber!"

25
The rising of a Prince
 of the Blood.

26
The Vidame of Morbec,
 a petty nobleman,
who clung to the fringe
   of the Court.

27
"Monsieur Vidame, you
 are the man of highest
 rank present. You will
 have the honor of
 handing Monseigneur
     his shirt!"

28
"To be powdered with
  Monseigneur is an
      honor!"

29
Count de Mirepoix,
 French Ambassador
to the Court of King
George, leaving that 
 night for England.

30
"It is cold. I beg Your
 Highness to put on
 your shirt. You will
   catch a death."

31
"Death? This is my one
 hour of free life in the
      whole day!"

32
"Pardon, but His High-
 ness' shirt has grown
         cold."

33
"You honor me,
 Armand. I thought
 you never rose
  before noon."

34
"I am here at the com-
 mand of His Majesty.
 All Paris is buzzing
 over the scandalous
 way the Princess cut
    the favorite."

35
"Her behavior is most
 mortifying, Armand.
 How do you explain
        it?"

36
"Women are angels -
 with the privilege of
  acting like devils."

37
"His Majesty intends to
 command the Princess
 to visit Madame de
 Pompadour, but he is
 - er - a little timid! He
 wants your moral sup-
  port when he sees
        her!"

38
"My shirt, Armand! I
 must get to the King
 before he weakens.
 She needs a lesson!"

39
Henri, Duke of Nemours,
 brother of Chartres.

40
"Philippe, Philippe!
 Henriette is dis-
 gracing the family!
   Some one must 
     stop her!"

41
At the sunset hour, in
  the Queen's apart-
ment in Versailles.

42
"Why was I ever brought
 here? I cannot - will not
  - marry the ally of
      that woman!"

43
"Chartres is a courtier.
 What else could he be?
 But he's young and his
   heart is yet kind."

44
"So I am told a hundred
   ladies can testify."

45
"He's kind even to the
 most helpless, power-
 less woman in the
 Kingdom - the Queen
     of France."

46
"You are stronger than
 I - save Chartres -"

47
"His Majesty, the
      King!"

48
"Madame La Princesse,
 I have come to - er -
 that is to end the
 scandal of your conduct!
 I have come to give you
   a - a - command -"

49
"Madame La Princesse,
 it is His Majesty's com-
 mand that you accom-
 pany me to the apart-
 ments of Madame de
     Pompadour."

50
"I will not receive the
 King's command from
 an ally of Madame la
      Marquise!"

51
"It is - er - it is our -
 our unalterable will -"

52
"Don't speak to me!
   I loathe you."

53
"Madame la Princesse,
 you must be reasonable.
 What is admirable in a
 peasant is ridiculous in
    a Princess of the
         Blood."

54
"Don't you realize I am
 only trying to save my
 future wife from ap-
 pearing absurd in the
  eyes of the Court?"

55
"I shall never speak to
 you again as long as I 
         live!"

56
"Madame la Princesse
  will make a most
   admirable wife."

57
Madame de Pompadour
 had summoned the
Court to witness her
      triumph.

58
"Madame, you are mis-
 taken in thinking you
 see a mouse. I keep too
      many cats."

59
"Madame, by the com-
 mand of the King, I
 follow the example of
     all France."

60
"Madame la Marquise, 
 I have broken your
        fan."

61
"Our fragile possessions,
 like fans and virtue, are
  not for the hands of
      Monseigneur."

62
"Princess of my 
    heart -"

63
"That phrase is too
 perfect to be natural."

64
"How could it be other-
 wise, since it comes
 from the heart, which
 is beating in a most
  unnatural manner?"

65
"Oh, Philippe, save your-
 self! Cease to be the
 tool of that horrible
        woman!"

66
"My compliments! You
 are fast learning the
 ways of the Court.
 So it was to plot against
 the favorite that you
 gave me this rendez-
        vous?"

67
"A rendezvous?"

68
"I - I - gave you a
    rendezvous?"

69
"Come, Henriette! Not
 the Marquise herself
 could have given better
 love's language of the
         eyes!"

70
"That look you thought
 an invitation meant only
   that I pitied you!"

71
"You refer to eyes! Do
 you know what you
   are in mine?"

72
"The creature of the
 King's mistress! The
 courtier who has made
 such an art of love
 making that he no
  longer knows what
    love means!"

73
"I would rather have
 the honest love of a
 lackey, if he were a
 man! For you are not
  a man - you are a
        King -"

74
"- the King of Hearts!"

75
"It is not necessary for
 Monseigneur to say
 anything. I have said all
      I wish to."

76
"Madame la Princesse,
 we are on our way to
 supper at the Trianon
 - another of our Court
 pleasures, which you 
      must know."

77
"To the marriage of our
 well beloved cousin of
    Chartres and -"

78
"Your Majesty, this
 marriage will not 
   take place!"

79
"Sire, I will not permit
 you to force on the
 Princess a husband
 whom she considers
 lower than a lackey!"

80
"So, Your Majesty, I 
  claim a lackey's
      rights -"

81
"- I shall marry whom
      I please!"

82
"Pardon, Madame, the
 man you can rule with
  a smile sits there!"

83
"Silence! You will marry
 where I say, and honor
     those I honor."

84
"Both commands are
 impossible, Sire."

85
"Arrest him!"

86
"No, no, Sire. I implore
 you - - I don't wish to
       marry him!"

87
"Bind him!"

88
"Poor devils, I won't
 hurt you - neither
 shall you bind a
 Prince of the Blood!"

89
"Exit the Duke of 
    Chartres!"

90
If one went to England,
  one went to Bath.
"Beau" Nash prided
himself on having made
it the centre of fashion
- - and its hot springs 
    the standard of
           [?]

91
George, Duke of
 Winterset.
 ...Ian McLaren.

92
His bully, Captain 
 Badger, the deadli-
est swordsman in
England.
  ...Frank Shannon.

93
"I expect to visit the
 French Ambassador
 today and get the
 truth about the Duke
    of Chartres."

94
"The truth is, the Duke
 is dead! The King
 stabbed him because
 of jealousy over Mad-
   ame de Pompadour."

95
Philip Stanhope, Earl
  of Chesterfield - the
deadliest wit in England.
      ...Downing Clark.

96
"If you are for the card
 room, Philip, join me.
 Your company looks
     blackleggy."

97
"Pardon, George, but I
 prefer the coin of the
 blacklegs to the I O U 's
      of noblemen!"

98
The Dowager of Marl-
borough, widow of
England's most famous 
general.
        ...Blanche Craig.

99
"- and beside begin that,
 Your Grace is the most 
 miserly old trollop in 
        England!

100
"But Papa Mirepoix, if
 your barber is never
 seen shaving you, it
 will arouse suspicion."

101
"Monseigneur, I am risk-
 ing my neck for you.
  Spare me my face!"

102
"I was never so happy.
 Nobody knows me. No-
 body expects me to
  make love to them."

103
"If I could have just one
 little fight, I would die 
          of joy!"

104
"Yet you bring me to
 Bath, where swords
   are forbidden!"

105
"Monseigneur, the 
 Vidame of Morbec."

106
"Come, our heads de-
 pend upon his seeing
 me shave you. Then he
 will not believe his own 
         eyes."

107
"I am here on a most
 important mission. The
 Duke of Chartres is not 
  in prison. He is in 
       England!"

108
"Monsieur le Comte is
 nervous. He was up too 
   late last night."

109
"The rage of Madame
 de Pompadour grows
 hourly. She vows the
 Duke shall be brought
 back to beg her pardon
    on her knees!"

110
"Naturally, the Marquise
 has chosen me, as a
 man of taste and dis-
 cretion, for this most
  important mission."

111
"To be powdered with
  Monseigneur is an
      honor!"

112
"Monsieur Le Comte
 will ask his guests to
 excuse him for I bear
 a message from the
   King of France!"

113
"By the King's com-
 mand this matter is 
      private."

114
"In London they wear
 swords. Ah, I shall have
       my fight!"

115
"Your Highness, I be-
 seech you to remain
      in Bath!"

116
"Ah, Papa Mirepoix,
 remember that I'm 
 twenty-three - and
  I've never had a 
       fight!

117
Lady Mary Carlisle,
 the Belle of Bath.
    ...Doris Kenyon.

118
"Ah, Papa Mirepoix, I
 cannot see your good
 heart troubled! I will
 stay in this safe Bath."

119
Monsieur Beaucaire.

120
John Molyneux, an
  English gentleman,
and a friend of the Earl
of Chesterfield.
   ...Maurice Colbourne.

121
"Pardon me, sir...two
 rogues are following
         you!"

122
"My old papa has gone 
 to London. His servants
 watch me. My papa is
    timid for me!"

123
"That is Lady Mary
 Carlisle - the Belle 
      of Bath."

124
"Present her to me, 
     Monsieur!"

125
"Young sir, you com-
 mand like a Prince!"

126
"It is your English I
 cannot command. Mon-
 sieur, I beg you make
 me present to her."

127
"You'd need to have a
 title to attract her
      attention."

128
"A rose is the symbol
 of her favor - you see
  it goes to a Duke."

129
"Out of the way, 
   stripling!"

130
"Monsieur, I withdraw
 my request. I will give
 Monsieur le Duc the
 pleasure of presenting
          me."

131
Winterset was a fre-
 quent patron of the
Assembly Rooms. To
meet him required only 
an exchange of cards
    - - over the
    gaming table.

132
"Don't play with the 
  Duke, lad. I saw
     him cheat."

133
"Then bet on him."

134
"I do not play with
 nameless nobodies!"

135
"Neither do I, but
    with gold!"

136
Beau Nash, fastidious
 Master of Ceremonies
who gave the Command-
ments of fashion to Bath.
     ...H. Cooper Cliffe.

137
"Gad! Beau, that's the
 French Ambassador's 
       barber!"

138
"Mister Beaucaire!"

139
"Thrusting yourself upon
 people of birth, by Gad!
    were you born a
      gentleman?"

140
"I was born a baby. In
 all my life I nevaire have
 seen one baby that was
      a gentleman!"

141
"This person is a 
     barber!"

142
"Show your face here
 again, and you'll be
  lashed out by your
    fellow grooms!"

143
"I cannot come here!
 Well - - all gentlemen
 are welcome at my
 rooms, where I will play 
    for and stake -"

144
"-- a pound or a
 thousand pounds -
 with cards or dice -"

145
"- or jus' for that little
    red rose, M'sieur."

146
 The mysterious barber
 did not lack visitors,
for he lost as cheerfully
       as he won.

147
"Monsieur Beaucaire,
 I've watched you for
 a week - you are a
   strange barber."

148
"If you doubt me I 
  will shave you."

149
"No matter what
 happen, I can nevaire
 reveal myself. It would
 cost Mirepoix his 
       head."

150
"Your Highness, I im-
 plore you give up this
 game with Winterset.
 He's dangerous - -
  Badger is deadly!"

151
"But think of all the 
 moneys I have given 
 to learn to fight -
 and nevaire have I
   had one fight!"

152
"I was born a Prince -
 now I am jus' a man,
 and I shall win from the
 woman I love - a rose."

153
"Monsieur is on his way
 to the Duchess of Marl-
    borough's Ball?"

154
"I've come to your
 thieves' den to play 
 - not to talk about
       ladies!"

155
"Go! Tell all Bath that
 you caught me cheat-
 ing, and see who'll be-
 lieve a barber against
        a Duke!"

156
"Mr. Molyneux is a
 friend of Lord Chester-
 field, who hates a high-
 born cheat. He can make
 a jest that all England
     will laugh at!"

157
"Go, tell my Lord how
 the Duke tried to shave
      the barber."

158
"Monsieur, you will take
 me to the ball tonight,
 and introduce me to 
  Lady Mary Carlisle."

159
"Why, barber, I couldn't
 if I would! She'd know
 you - everybody would
       know you."

160
"But I won't be a barber
 - out of compliment to
 you I'll be a Duke -"

161
"- - the Duke of
 Chateaurien - -
 Castle Nowhere."

162
"Oh yes, Monsieur and
 I are going out into the
 worl' tonight to seek
      - a rose."

163
"Bath is honored, Your
   Grace - - deeply
       honored!"

164
"Send Captain Badger 
  to me - at once."

165
"Come, Your Grace, I
 must present you to
     the ladies."

166
"Bath is honored by the
 presence of my friend,
 His Grace, the Duke of
      Chateaurien."

167
"Challenge him before
 Lady Mary arrives!"

168
"Ladies, I beg you, do
 not question me about
 the Duke of Chartres.
 The scurvy fellow has
  made me trouble all
       my life!"

169
"Duke, I have a friend
 who wishes to meet
         you."

170
"Your pardon, but this
 is the frien' of my frien'
    I have long been
     anxious to meet."

171
"I just wanted to ask you
 if all French women are
 like that Princess whom
 even the Duke of
  Chartres refused to 
         marry?"

172
"It is well known the
 Duke of Chartres is
  a scurvy fellow -"

173
"- but the name of the
 purest woman in the
 Court of France is not
  for thy lips - thou
         swine!"

174
"There are swords sur-
 rendered by Frenchmen
 to Marlborough in the
 card room and if we
 keep it from Nash and
     the ladies -"

175
"I forbid it. He'll kill you!
    It will mean war be-
      tween France and
          England!"

176
"You forget - I insulted
      the favorite."

177
"Not the devil himself 
 could stop me from 
   my first fight!"

178
"Pardon, ladies! The
 capitaine and I go to
 play one game - - jus'
  one! I shall return
      immediately."

179
"My frien', I have
 discover' I was
 born for fights!"

180
"Stop! The Belle of the Bath 
     has not arrived!"

181
"It was too unfair! Why
    did I permit it?"

182
"He just played with him, 
 laughed at him - and
 ran him through the 
       shoulder!"

183
"George, I had expected
 your frien' to play a 
 more interesting game!"

184
"Pardon! My frien'
 Winterset wishes
 the pleasure of
 presenting me to
    Lady Mary."

185
"My frien' Winterset
 have asked me to take
 his place. His poor frien',
 Captain Badger, is ill -
    and send for him."

186
That night in
 France -

187
"Evidently His Majesty
   has commanded a
    second visit."

188
"Marquise, I have come
 to apologize to you, and
  beg you to have the
    Duke pardoned."

189
"Pride should make
 Madame La Princesse
 understand that His
 Majesty cannot pardon
 a public insult to her."

190
"Madame, if I had any
 pride I would never have
   acknowledged your 
      existence!"

191
A morning reception.

192
"These days you wear
 no red rose, my frien'."

193
"They are of an
 unlucky color."

194
"I see - you mean the
 color of the blood that
 might flow from the
 heart of a Frenchman!"

195
"A rose lasts but a
        day."

196
"That's why one should
 know where to find a
   fresh one every
       morning."

197
"Pardon, Lady Mary, I
 go to plan a surprise for
      you tonight."

198
The fete was in the 
  country - where 
the town edict against 
swords did not prevail.

199
"I'll give you the signal
 when they come out
    from supper."

200
"What a night! So sweet
 ...so sweet...one seems
 to smell all the hedge-
   rows in the world."

201
"Ah, yes, the night is
 sweet - for the rose
 of all the world is in
     this garden!"

202
"To me, it is a night
      of dreams -"

203
"- dreams of a kingdom
 of blue and gold - the
 gold of a woman's hair,
 the blue of her eyes -"

204
"- and the snow which
 is her heart - - only I
 would have the snow
  melt, jus' for me!"

205
"All the cold was gone
 from the snow...long
         ago."

206
"Is it me you love - jus'
 me - jus' a man who
 adores you - who'd die
       for you?"

207
"Wait! The rogue is only
    getting what he
       deserves."

208
"A moi! Francois -
 Jacques - Henri -
      a moi!"

209
"Monseigneur, why did
 you not call before?"

210
"It was so glorious I
   forget - until -"

211
"Since you behaved
 like a lackey, call
     my coach!"

212
"I have sent for my
 coach, that we may
 get away from these
      cowards."

213
"My beautiful, the time
 has come - - M'sieu
 Winterset has some-
 thing to say to you."

214
"You saw Beaucaire,
 the barber, the day
 Nash expelled him.
  Look at that man!"

215
"That's the Ambassa-
 dor's barber. See, he
 has stolen his master's
      decoration!"

216
"Yes, I am Beaucaire -"

217
"You are hurt, Duke!
 Let me drive you 
       home."

218
"Barber, if another day 
 finds you or your rogues 
        in Bath -"

219
"One week from to-
 night, at nine, I will
 be in the Assembly
       Rooms."

220
"One week from to-
 night, and M'sieu
 Winterset will again
  be found - in the
     background."

221
"Do you not see, it
 is only the color of
        roses?"

222
For a week, Beaucaire
 lay hidden in a farm-
house near Bath.

223
"No, it is not my wounds
 which trouble me, but
    ...memories..."

224
"Why do we cast love
 aside - and then seek
 in far countries the
 treasure we threw
       away?"

225
"Surely your splendors
   are not for me,
      Monsieur!"

226
"I am on my way to the
  Saturday Assembly."

227
"Is my health more
 precious than honor?
 Why did you not tell 
 me that this is Saturday?"

228
"But Winterset has sur-
 rounded the Assembly
 Rooms with an army
   of constables."

229
Nine O'clock!

230
"Don't be nervous. There
 are twenty constables
 outside and these
  fellows inside."

231
"I would rather have
 the honest love of a
 lackey, if he were a
 man! For you are not
  a man - you are a
  King - the King of
       Hearts!"

232
"Lady Mary, aren't we 
 better out of this
       crush?"

233
"The French Ambassa-
  dor has arrived!"

234
"Lady Mary, I beg you
 to listen to my friend."

235
"Ma'amselle, I could not
 tell you the night that
    I was wounded -"

236
"If I had never made you
 believe I was a Duke -
 if I had told you I was
  jus' Monsieur Beau-
        caire -"

237
"- jus' an honest
       man -"

238
"Mr. Molyneux, I'll for-
 give you for allowing a
 servant to address me,
 if you'll escort me from 
        the room."

239
"An' live men are
  jus'...names!"

240
"The rogue has stolen
 the orders of a Prince
     of the Blood!"

241
"Demme eyes, he's
 kissing the barber!"

242
"Messieurs, Beaucaire is
 gone, but the man who
 introduced him at the
 price of his honor, and
 then betrayed him, is
 that coward and card-
        cheat -"

243
"I don't know who you
 are, but I'll have the
 name of the man who
  dares bring such a
       charge!"

244
"Permit me the honor of
 presenting His High-
 ness, Louis Philippe de
 Bourbon, Duke of
 Chartres, Prince of the
        Blood -"

245
"- First Peer of France,
 Governor of Dauphine,
 Knight of the Golden
 Fleece, Grand Com-
 mander of the Knights
      of Malta -"

246
"- Commander of the
 Saint Esprit, of the 
 Order of Notre Dame,
 of Mount Carmel, of
   St. Lazarus in 
     Jerusalem -"

247
"Monseigneur - can
   you forgive?"

248
"There is something to
 forgive. I owe you a
         debt."

249
"You have shown me
 there is only one who
 would have loved me
 even though I had been
      a lackey!"

250
"I go back to France to
 see if it is not too late
   for her to forgive."

251
"Let the others bow
      to this."

252
"You are my friend!"

253
It was three days by 
  boat and coach to
the Gardens of Versailles.

254
"I've sought this inter-
 view to tell you how
 ashamed - to beg you
     to forgive -"

255
"This is not an inter-
 view, Philippe...but a
      rendezvous!"


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