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Beggar on Horseback (1925)




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A struggling composer must abandon his classical music and begins writing more popular jazz compositions to survive. He hates this and so, though he loves an impoverished painter, decides to marry a wealthy girl for her money. He proposes. She accepts. This hard-hitting satire chronicles the devastating effects of her acceptance. The night he pops the question, he has a terrible nightmare in which he has become an artless capitalist speaking into an enormous telephone. All the women are dressed in dollar signs. He then finds himself in a bizarre courtroom forced to face his crimes.


Esther Ralston
as Cynthia Mason
Ethel Wales
as Mrs. Cady
Gertrude Short
as Gladys Cady
Theodore Kosloff
as The Prince
Betty Compson
as The Princess
Jim Mason
as Homer Cady
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Critic Reviews for Beggar on Horseback

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (2)

This picture is one of great distinction... Mr. Cruze has shrewdly availed himself of the opportunities afforded by the camera. There are marvelous sets, bizarre costumes, glorious lighting effects, and a most deft handling of the dream scene.

September 16, 2020 | Full Review…

The settings can't be given too much praise, for they are original and beautiful as well as inspiring at times. That same praise goes for the technical work and the direction, in fact, for everything about the film but its general effect.

September 16, 2020 | Full Review…

[James Cruze] and Walter Woods, his faithful collaborator, have caught the spirit of George Kaufman and Marc Connelly's play, and have sustained it beautifully.

October 7, 2021 | Full Review…

Unlike anything ever presented on the screen is Beggar on Horseback... so much so that it is next to impossible to convey through the medium of words a comprehensive idea of this production.

September 16, 2020 | Full Review…

If you miss it, you'll be passing up one of the best shows of the year.

September 16, 2020 | Full Review…

There is a splendid production, some unusual sets, and with James Cruze handling the direction you are sure of a capable presentation of the subject, but it is the subject matter which fails and it will fail deplorably [at the box office].

September 16, 2020 | Full Review…

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