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The House of Rothschild (1934)

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

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(screen play), (based on a play by), 3 more credits »
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Cast

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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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Rothschild  »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(copyright length) | (FMC Library Print)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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| (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

George Arliss asked Warner Bros. to buy the play on which this film was based while he was under contract there in 1931. Warners bought the play but did not make the film. When Arliss left Warners, he convinced Darryl F. Zanuck to purchase the play from Warners for 20th Century Pictures, where it was eventually made. See more »

Quotes

Nathan Rothschild: I lost the bid on a technicality.
Hannah Rothschild: A technicality?
Nathan Rothschild: Because I'm a Jew.
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Connections

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

Soundtracks

God Save the King!
(1744) (uncredited)
Music attributed to Henry Carey
Arranged by Alfred Newman
In the score for the reception at the end
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Fascinating and lavishly produced
3 April 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The House of Rothschild had a great cast, which was what made me watch it in the first place. And I'm glad I did. Maybe there are lapses in the pacing, and some of the romantic parts felt a little trite. There is much to recommend about The House of Rothschild though. The lavish costumes and sets and the skilled photography makes it a beautiful film to watch. Alfred Newman's score always compliments and even adds to the drama rather than detracting from it, while the script is very intelligently written(Nathan talk on financing and war was really quite powerful) and the story, of which the subject was fascinating to begin with, is thoroughly absorbing with a beautiful ending. The acting is very good. George Arliss is wonderful in his dual role, Loretta Young is the epitome of youthful loveliness and Boris Karloff is commanding in both menacing and subdued mode. C. Aubrey Smith and Reginald Owen are similarly excellent.

Overall, beautiful to watch, well-written and acted and fascinating. 8/10 Bethany Cox


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