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The House of Rothschild (1934)

Passed | | Biography, Drama, History | 7 April 1934 (USA)
The wealthy Rothschild family undergoes prejudice from the anti-Semitic society they live within.

Directors:

(as Alfred Werker), (uncredited)

Writers:

(screen play), (based on a play by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Capt. Fitzroy
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Arthur Byron ...
Baring
Helen Westley ...
Gudula Rothschild
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Herries
Florence Arliss ...
Hannah Rothschild
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Holmes Herbert ...
Rowerth
Paul Harvey ...
Solomon Rothschild
Ivan F. Simpson ...
Amschel Rothschild (as Ivan Simpson)
Noel Madison ...
Carl Rothschild
Murray Kinnell ...
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Storyline

The story of the rise of the Rothschild financial empire founded by Mayer Rothschild and continued by his five sons. From humble beginnings the business grows and helps to finance the war against Napoleon, but it's not always easy, especially because of the prejudices against Jews. Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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Release Date:

7 April 1934 (USA)  »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(copyright length) | (FMC Library Print)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Color:

| (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The brief closing scene was shot in the three-strip Technicolor process. See more »

Quotes

Count Ledrantz: You won your fight with me, Jew, but remember, victory may have been won too dearly.
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Soundtracks

The British Grenadiers
(uncredited)
Traditional
Arranged by Alfred Newman
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A Rousing Biopic
7 January 2003 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

This is quite a rousing film for a biopic, and sports one of Arliss's best performances. Made two years after Hitler's rise to power, the whole subtext of the film is anti-Semitism and the then-current events in Europe. Napoleon is the stand-in for Hitler--the man all peace-loving men must join together to wage war against to secure peace. There are scenes of violence in the Jewish ghetto--stirred up by anti-Semite Karloff. Everything Rothschild does he does to end anti-Semitism; many speeches on this theme. Rothschild's father is shown as a Shylock-type, making money with money, fooling the tax collector, but with reluctance and great bitterness, doing so only because other professions are denied him, and because the tax collector overcharges Jews. C. Aubrey Smith gives a really delightful performance as Wellington. The final scene is one of the first live-action sequences to be made in three-color Technicolor, before BECKY SHARP. The topicality gives the film an immediacy that is often lacking in period films.


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