Gentleman's Agreement

Gentleman's Agreement

Elia Kazan (1947)

112min
A Certificate
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Review

Our Score
An eye-opener in its day, this exposure of high-society racial prejudice still has the power to compel. The story of magazine writer Gregory Peck passing himself off as a Jew to reveal anti-Semitism is not violently confrontational, but is successful in showing that the subtle malaise is barely recognised as such by the people who sustain it. Writer Moss Hart pressed all the politically correct postwar buttons, adapting Laura Z Hobson's controversial bestseller for rising young director Elia Kazan, and, while it's one of Peck's finest performances, other members of the cast produced work of similarly high quality - the confused liberal Dorothy McGuire, the soured poseur Celeste Holm and the cynically bitter ex-serviceman John Garfield. Twentieth Century-Fox gave this blast at bigotry all the hype it needed and the result was Academy awards and nominations all round.

Summary

A recently widowed seasoned journalist accepts an offer by a magazine publisher to produce a series of articles on anti-Semitism. In a bid to gain an insight into the subject, the writer decides to pose as a Jew, but is not prepared for the torrent of racial abuse he receives. Drama, based on Laura Z Hobson's bestseller, and starring Gregory Peck. Dorothy McGuire, John Garfield and Celeste Holm.

Cast & Crew

Phil Green Gregory Peck
Kathy Dorothy McGuire
Dave John Garfield
Anne Celeste Holm
Mrs Green Anne Revere
Miss Wales June Havoc
John Minify Albert Dekker
Jane Jane Wyatt
Tommy Dean Stockwell
Dr Craigie Nicholas Joy
Professor Lieberman Sam Jaffe
Director Elia Kazan
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: 20th Century Fox Film Co. LtdAvailable on: video and DVD
Drama