Disraeli (1929)

Passed  |   |  Biography, Drama, History  |  1 November 1929 (USA)
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Prime Minister of Great Britain Benjamin Disraeli outwits the subterfuge of the Russians and chicanery at home in order to secure the purchase of the Suez Canal.



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Lord Probert
Florence Arliss ...
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Michael Visaroff ...
Count Borsinov (as Michael Visocoff S.T.)


Biopic of the famed British Prime Minister focusing on his concern about Russia's growing interest in the Indian subcontinent and his attempts to buy the Suez Canal. He sees the Canal as the key strategic resource in maintaining the Empire in the East but is unpopular in many quarters. With antisemitism rife at the time, Disraeli finds little support for his plan to purchase the canal or his foreign policy in general. There is no doubt that the Russians are plotting against British interests and he is surrounded by spies, even in his office at 10 Downing St. When the Bank of England refuses to finance the purchase of the available shares he turns to private sources to raise the available cash only to find the conspirators one step ahead of him. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

1 November 1929 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Disraeli: The Noble Ladies of Scandal  »

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| (Turner library print)

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(Western Electric Apparatus)

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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Adapted from a Broadway play by Louis N. Parker. The original stage production of "Disraeli" also starred George Arliss and opened on Sep 18, 1911 at Wallack's Theatre in New York and ran for 280 performances. It was revived in 1912, 1917 (again with George Arliss) and 1927. See more »


Benjamin Disraeli: Behold! Winter hand in hand with spring. Innocence with...
Lord Charles Deeford: [interrupts] Guile?
Benjamin Disraeli: Experience. Same thing.
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Referenced in You Bet Your Life: Episode #6.4 (1955) See more »


Rule Britannia
Music by Thomas Augustine Arne
Words by James Thomson
Played during the opening credit
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The film belongs to Mr. Arliss
25 September 2003 | by (West Virginia) – See all my reviews

Don't be put off by the age of this film....it is magnificent. And the reason is George Arliss! This is his show and his alone. Granted, the film is talky and basically uses 2 sets BUT listen to the dialogue and watch Mr. Arliss spin his magic as he immerses himself in the Benjamin Disraeli character. Bringing his stage interpretation to the screen, it translates surprisingly well......that is not always the case in screen adaptations. What a fantastic face he had....certainly not pretty but very expressive. He won a well deserved Oscar for this role. He had a string of movies in late silent and early talking films and now, unfortunately, he seems to be forgotten except by us film buffs who treasure him. So if you wish to be entranced by the acting skills of a master, see this film. You won't regret it!

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