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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 15 wins & 6 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
With The Holocaust Fresh In Everyone's Mind...................................... See more (103 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)
 
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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:13 | 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:
Among the concerns that the movie's anti-anti-semitic message would stir up a "hornet's nest" was the bizarre belief that "Jewish friendly" films and novels from the time were linked with communism. The fear was not entirely unfounded, as many of the people involved with the film were brought before the House Unamerican Activities Committee (HUAC), including Darryl F. Zanuck, Anne Revere, (perhaps most notoriously) Elia Kazan, and John Garfield. Garfield was brought before HUAC twice, was blacklisted, taken off the blacklist and put back on it again and it was believed that it was the stress of these experiences which led to the heart attack that killed him at the age of 39.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:
Mrs. Green:I never realized pain could be so... sharp.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Carnal Knowledge (1971)See more »

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34 out of 43 people found the following review useful.
With The Holocaust Fresh In Everyone's Mind......................................, 3 February 2007
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

It's hard for today's audience to appreciate the impact of Gentlemen's Agreement in 1947. The Holocaust was not in textbooks then, it was in newsreels showed in American theaters. The state of Israel was coming into being and there was debate about that with Harry Truman shortly overruling a lot of his own trusted advisers including his own Secretary of State George C. Marshall, in giving recognition to the nascent Jewish state.

During the course of the film names like Gerald L.K. Smith, Theodore G. Bilbo, and John E. Rankin are mentioned. The first was a Protestant evangelical minister who started out with Huey Long, but then developed a line of anti-Semitism in his sermons. He had a considerably large following back in the day though the Holocaust did a lot in killing his recruiting. Theodore G. Bilbo and John E. Rankin were a couple of Mississippi politicians who for their redneck constituency successfully linked anti-Semitism and racism. They didn't like foreign born either and used a whole lot of ethnic slurs.

But the anti-Semitism that Gregory Peck takes on is not that of Bilbo, Smith, and Rankin. It's the genteel country club anti-Semitism that manifests itself in restricted resorts, quotas as to how many Jews will some white shoe law firm accept if any, discrimination in hiring practices, unspoken covenants {gentlemen's agreements} not to sell to Jews in certain areas; all these we see in Gentlemen's Agreement.

Peck is given an assignment to write about it and he hits on a novel approach. Just being hired by publisher Albert Dekker, he gets Dekker's backing when he says he will pretend he's Jewish and see how he's being treated. He gets quite an experience in the bargain.

Running parallel to Peck's masquerade is his courtship of Dorothy McGuire. She's a divorcée, he's a widower with a young son. The whole thing puts a strain on their relationship, especially in dealing with her sister, Jane Wyatt who lives in one of those restricted by Gentlemen's Agreement communities.

Gentlemen's Agreement came up with several nominations and three Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director to Elia Kazan, and Best Supporting Actress to Celeste Holm as a tart tongued fashion writer at Peck's magazine who proves to be a friend. Peck himself was nominated for Best Actor, but lost to Ronald Colman for A Double Life. Holm also beat out Anne Revere nominated for the same film, probably helped by the fact that Revere had won a few years earlier for National Velvet.

John Garfield who was Jewish took a small supporting role in the film as Peck's long time childhood friend who educates Peck into how a Jew deals with the rebuffs he's finding out about. Had he not been up also for Body and Soul as Best Actor, he might well have earned a Supporting Actor nomination here.

Also note Sam Jaffe as the fictional professor Lieberman which is a thinly veiled caricature of Albert Einstein probably the most noted figure in the world of Jewish background. Like Lieberman, Einstein's a cultural Jew, not religious in any sense of the word. Nevertheless he was a leading figure at the time in the Zionist movement, having endured all that Peck endured in Germany and seeing what was coming with Hitler, fled his native Germany for safe harbor in the USA.

My favorite character in the film however has always been June Havoc as Peck's secretary. She changed her name to something ethnically neutral to get her job in the very magazine that will now crusade against anti-Semitism. She's also become a self hater, a phenomenon that other discriminated people also experience. GLBT activists are fully aware of what self hate has done, not hardly unknown among other groups as Ms. Havoc demonstrates.

Of course Gentlemen's Agreement is dated with its topical references to post World War II trends and events. Yet it still has a powerful message to deliver. It made Gregory Peck one of the great liberal icons of Hollywood and still should be seen by all as a great lesson in the pitfalls of unreasoning hate.

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