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The Amateur Gentleman (1936)

A former boxing champion, now an innkeeper, is accused of stealing a watch from a party of guests at his inn, who happen to be members of English royalty. The old man is arrested and thrown... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Lady Cleone Meredith
Natty Bell
Basil Sydney ...
Louis Chichester
Lord Ronald Meredith
Lady Huntstanton
Athole Stewart ...
Marquess of Comberhurst
Coral Browne ...
Pauline Darville
Georgina Huntstanton
Esme Percy ...
John Townsend
Frank Bertram ...
Gilbert Davis ...
Frank Pettingell ...
John Barty


A former boxing champion, now an innkeeper, is accused of stealing a watch from a party of guests at his inn, who happen to be members of English royalty. The old man is arrested and thrown in prison. His son, knowing that his father didn't steal the watch and suspecting a frame-up, follows the royal party to London, where he poses as a wealthy "gentleman" and insinuates himself into the English court in an effort to find out who framed his father and why. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Release Date:

27 April 1936 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Caballero improvisado  »

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Fairbanks wanted old friend Mona Maris to play the part of the female menace in the film but her part was eliminated from the final script. See more »

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Early Lockwood
17 January 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I am an avid collector of Margaret Lockwood (ML) films and received "Once a Wicked Lady" a biography to read for my 62nd birthday recently.I have about 23 of ML's films and "Amateur Gentleman" was the latest addition.ML did not become a leading lady until 1938 when she filmed "Bank Holiday" and "The Lady Vanishes" and here in 1936, is in a support role playing a rather ditsy débutante.The film is set in Regency days, circa 1810, of Prince George soon to become in 1820 King George IV.Douglas Fairbanks Jnr.(DF) and ML renewed their professional association in 1939 in "Rulers of the Sea" when ML had a more substantial part more befitting to a leading lady in which she was excellent with Will Fyffe playing her father as he had done in "Owd Bob" (1938). The subject film has a rather dark theme set at a time when you could be hanged in the U.K. for stealing 5 shillings.The plot has already been adequately outlined by the only other user comment, so I will restrict my critique to the acting.Hugh Williams plays an addicted gambler at court and would again play opposite ML in Bank Holiday while Basil Sydney, usually cast in villainous roles, would appear with ML in "Jassy" (1947).The soundtrack is typical mid. 1930s quality and the film is throughout too dark i.e. not lit enough.I only rated it 6/10 as it has something of a "quota quickie" script quality and direction throughout but is just above mediocre.DF plays his usual handsome, athletic hero role but this time wins the leading lady while Hugh Williams runs off with ML.

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