Gentleman's Agreement (1947) - Plot Summary Poster

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  • Philip Green is a highly respected writer who is recruited by a national magazine to write a series of articles on anti-Semitism in America. He's not too keen on the series, mostly because he's not sure how to tackle the subject. Then it dawns on him: if he was to pretend to all and sundry that he was Jewish, he could then experience the degree of racism and prejudice that exists and write his story from that perspective. It takes little time for him to experience bigotry. His anger at the way he is treated also affects his relationship with Kathy Lacy, his publisher's niece and the person who suggested the series in the first place.

    - Written by garykmcd
  • Philip Green, played by Gregory Peck, is a famous and well-liked writer. Upon receiving an assignment to write a series of articles on antisemitism in the U.S. after World War II, he begins telling people that he is of Jewish faith. He falls in love with Kathy Lacy, played by Dorothy McGuire, and reveals to her the secret antisemitic ways of thinking she has. Philip Green believes in doing the right thing immediately when wrong has been done and noticed. He lives with the eyes and ears of a Jew and discovers the bigotry and prejudice that lies within even the nicest of people.

    - Written by jennifer owen
  • This film is about a journalist who passes himself off as a Jew to write an article about anti- Semitism in America. He discovers just how this affects him, and the other people in his life. Demonstrates how racism affects a person, especially the subtle forms which may go unnoticed by many in today's world. It also shows how otherwise good people can and do contribute to racism in small, everyday, ways.

    - Written by Joan Mershon <pixel@renpdx.com>
  • A well-known writer at a progressive New York magazine decides to tackle anti-Semites in a unique way as his first assignment. Gregory Peck's character, Phillip Green, pretends to be Jewish in order to write about the effects of bigotry. Green soon learns what it means to be the object of sectarian prejudice.

    - Written by Michael Lax <lazarus@bga.com>


Phil Green( ) is a recently widowed father and a writer who is hired by a large urban magazine to write a series on anti-Semitism...

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