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Director:
Writers:
Laura Z. Hobson (novel)
Moss Hart (screen play)
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Release Date:
February 1948 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Plot:
A reporter pretends to be Jewish in order to cover a story on anti-Semitism, and personally discovers the true depths of bigotry and hatred. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Won 3 Oscars. Another 10 wins & 6 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A Good portrayal of indiscriminate prejudice that leaves lifetime damage See more (108 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Gregory Peck ... Philip Schuyler Green

Dorothy McGuire ... Kathy Lacy

John Garfield ... Dave Goldman

Celeste Holm ... Anne Dettrey

Anne Revere ... Mrs. Green

June Havoc ... Elaine Wales

Albert Dekker ... John Minify

Jane Wyatt ... Jane

Dean Stockwell ... Tommy Green
Nicholas Joy ... Dr. Craigie

Sam Jaffe ... Professor Fred Lieberman
Harold Vermilyea ... Lou Jordan
Ransom M. Sherman ... Bill Payson
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Monya Andre ... (uncredited)
Louise Buckley ... Mother (uncredited)
Patricia Cameron ... (uncredited)
Jack Conrad ... Bellboy (uncredited)
Curt Conway ... Bert McAnny (uncredited)
Olive Deering ... First Woman (uncredited)
Irene Dehn ... (uncredited)
Jane Earle ... Child (uncredited)
Morgan Farley ... Resort Clerk (uncredited)
Franklyn Farnum ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Grace Field ... Old Lady (uncredited)
Helen Gerald ... Page Girl (uncredited)
Fred Godoy ... (uncredited)
Wilton Graff ... Maitre d' (uncredited)
Jane Green ... Second Woman (uncredited)

Virginia Gregg ... Third Woman (uncredited)
Tom Handley ... (uncredited)
Joe Haworth ... Bellboy (uncredited)
Hallene Hill ... Old Lady (uncredited)
Edna Holland ... (uncredited)
Art Howard ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Bert Howard ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Mauritz Hugo ... Guest at Anne's Party (uncredited)
Boyd Irwin ... (uncredited)
Robert Karnes ... First Ex-GI in Restaurant (uncredited)
Leo Kaye ... Porter (uncredited)
Kenner G. Kemp ... Nightclub Table Extra (uncredited)
Victor Kilian ... Olsen (uncredited)
Mike Lally ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Raymond Largay ... (uncredited)
Gustave Lax ... Waiter (uncredited)
George Leigh ... (uncredited)
Lewis Leverett ... Father (uncredited)
Arthur Little Jr. ... (uncredited)
Kathleen Lockhart ... Mrs. Jessie Minify (uncredited)
Louise Lorimer ... Miss Miller (uncredited)
Lee MacGregor ... Bellboy (uncredited)
Adrienne Marden ... (uncredited)
Marion Marshall ... Guest (uncredited)
Noel Mills ... Mother (uncredited)
Marlyn Monk ... Receptionist (uncredited)
Henry Mowbray ... (uncredited)
Howard Negley ... Joe Tingler (uncredited)

Gene Nelson ... Second Ex-GI in Restaurant (uncredited)
John Newland ... Bill (uncredited)
Stella Rae ... Old Lady (uncredited)
Herbert Ratner ... Father (uncredited)
Pattie Robbins ... Receptionist (uncredited)

Roy Roberts ... Mr. Calkins (uncredited)
Wallace Scott ... Bellboy (uncredited)
Larry Steers ... Hotel Lobby Extra (uncredited)
Amzie Strickland ... Guest at Anne's Party (uncredited)
Laura Treadwell ... (uncredited)
Robert Warwick ... Irving Weisman (uncredited)
Jesse White ... Elevator Starter (uncredited)

Frank Wilcox ... Harry (uncredited)
Barbara Woodell ... (uncredited)
Mary Worth ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Elia Kazan 
 
Writing credits
Laura Z. Hobson (novel "Gentleman's Agreement")

Moss Hart (screen play)

Elia Kazan  screenplay revision (uncredited)

Produced by
Darryl F. Zanuck .... producer
 
Original Music by
Alfred Newman 
 
Cinematography by
Arthur C. Miller (director of photography) (as Arthur Miller)
 
Art Direction by
Mark-Lee Kirk 
Lyle R. Wheeler  (as Lyle Wheeler)
 
Set Decoration by
Paul S. Fox (set decorations)
Thomas Little (set decorations)
 
Costume Design by
Kay Nelson 
 
Makeup Department
Ben Nye .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Raymond A. Klune .... production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Saul Wurtzel .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Don B. Greenwood .... property master (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Alfred Bruzlin .... sound
Roger Heman Sr. .... sound (as Roger Heman)
Matt Hovland .... foley mixer (2009 Restoration)
 
Visual Effects by
Fred Sersen .... special photographic effects
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Charles Le Maire .... wardrobe director
Sam Benson .... wardrobe supervisor (uncredited)
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Harmon Jones .... editorial supervisor
Lyman Hallowell .... apprentice editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Edward B. Powell .... orchestral arrangements (as Edward Powell)
 
Other crew
Darryl F. Zanuck .... presenter
Michael Audley .... dialogue director (uncredited)
Martha Manor .... stand-in (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Laura Z. Hobson's Gentleman's Agreement" - UK (complete title), USA (complete title)
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Runtime:
118 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Brazil:Livre | Canada:PG (video rating) | Finland:S | Spain:13 | Sweden:Btl | UK:A (original rating) | UK:U (tv rating) | UK:U (video rating) (1990) | USA:Approved (PCA #12488) | West Germany:12 (f) (w)
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Trivia:
The timeliness of the film is revealed by a telling exchange that took place between screenwriter Moss Hart and a stagehand, as reported in The Saturday Review, December 6, 1947, pg. 71: "You know," a stagehand is reported to have said to Mr. Hart, "I've loved working on this picture of yours. Usually I play gin-rummy with the boys when scenes are being shot. But not this time. This time I couldn't leave the set. The picture has such a wonderful moral I didn't want to miss it." "Really," beamed Mr. Hart, pleased not only as a scenarist but as a reformer. "That's fine. What's the moral as you see it?" "Well, I tell you," replied the stagehand. "Henceforth I'm always going to be good to Jewish people because you never can tell when they will turn out to be Gentiles."See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: When Phil is taking Tommy to meet his (Phil's) mother at Saks Fifth Avenue, they stop in front of the statue of Atlas outside Rockefeller Center. In the shot of the two of them talking, with Fifth Avenue in the background, Saks is directly behind them, diagonally across the street on the right, with St. Patrick's Cathedral on the left. But when Phil looks at his watch and tells Tommy they'd better leave to meet grandma, the two hurry off back north along Fifth Avenue - in the completely opposite direction of the plainly visible Saks.See more »
Quotes:
Tommy Green:Pop, are we Jewish? Jimmy Kelley said we were. Our janitor told his janitor.
Phil Green:Well, what did you tell Jimmy Kelley?
Tommy Green:I said I'd ask you.
Phil Green:Well, it's like this. Remember that movie Kathy and I took you to, and you asked if things like that really happened?
Tommy Green:Kathy said they were pretending.
Phil Green:Well, I'm pretending I'm Jewish for something I'm writing.
Tommy Green:You mean like a game?
Phil Green:Yes, but I'd appreciate it if you promised not to tell anybody it's a game.
Tommy Green:Okay, Pop, sure.
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17 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
A Good portrayal of indiscriminate prejudice that leaves lifetime damage, 2 June 2006
Author: lawrence_elliott from Canada

Gregory Peck is slick as a writer for a publisher who is trying to find something to inspire him after his wife dies. He must take care of his young son and has his mother there in New York to help him out. Anti-Semitism hits a chord as WWII has just ended with news of the Holocaust just barely starting to sink into the national consciousness. The timing for release of this movie is obvious, but it is carefully thought out as the director tries to convey the sinister and insidious way in which prejudice worms its way into the mainstream of everyday life. A well done film that works! A clever and intelligent portrayal that deserved the attention it received. Not an entertaining movie in the strictest sense, but one where the audience must do the work of thinking their way through it. It is a film worth navigating, however, because the ugly mirror of prejudice is held up to us all who are watching. It makes you feel uncomfortable because most of us are guilty of what is offered, or at least, of witnessing prejudice and doing nothing about it as we just sit or stand idly by and do nothing.

I recommend this film, but it won't be for everyone and many of us would rather just pass this one by. But we should not pass it by, even though it holds up this mirror which makes us feel guilty and uncomfortable. I should point out that the ending which relates to the love interest in the story just doesn't work, but then that is not the heart, soul and purpose of the film. Prejudice, anti-Semitism and discrimination are, and these elements are worked out well. A disturbing, but intelligent portrayal which is worth taking in for what it is worth.

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