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The House of Rothschild (1934)

Passed  -  Biography | Drama | History  -  7 April 1934 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »


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


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 <>

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Release Date:

7 April 1934 (USA)  »

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Rothschild  »

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(copyright length) | (FMC Library Print)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)


| (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Darryl F. Zanuck's sheepdog is seen in the film. See more »


Referenced in Dad's Army: War Dance (1969) See more »


God Save the King!
(1744) (uncredited)
Music attributed to Henry Carey
In the score for the reception at the end
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The movie tells the story of the beginnings of the Rotschild empire ,at a time (1934) when the Jews were about to suffer as never.The pogroms were a sinister omen of the Crystal Night which would happen in Germany and in Austria in 1938.And the worst was to follow as everybody knows.

I did not like the very beginning of the movie,which shows the Jews with the traditional spate of clichés.But further acquaintance with the old man shows this: he has realized that only money can bring him power and dignity and thus help his people.There is something biblical (Old Testament) when the patriarch sends his five sons to set up banks all over Europa (the score over the cast and credits includes snatches of "La Marseillaise" "Das Lied Der Deutschen" and "God save the king" ). George Arliss outclasses all the other actors ,even Boris Karloff ,in his portrayal of Nathan Rotschild,a noble gent ,probably too good and too generous to be true.Napoleon works behind the scenes ,although he plays a prominent part in the screenplay.The two Young (Robert and Loretta) supply the love interest in the Romeo (Christian or gentile) and Juliet (Jew) mold.

Dazzling finale in color ,which is quite a surprise for a 1934 movie!

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