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Disraeli (1929)

Prime Minister of Great Britain Benjamin Disraeli outwits the subterfuge of the Russians and chicanery at home in order to secure the purchase of the Suez Canal.

Director:

Alfred E. Green

Writer:

Julien Josephson (screen play)
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
George Arliss ... Disraeli
Doris Lloyd ... Mrs. Travers
David Torrence ... Lord Probert
Joan Bennett ... Clarissa
Florence Arliss ... Lady Beaconsfield
Anthony Bushell ... Charles
Michael Visaroff ... Count Borsinov (as Michael Visocoff S.T.)
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Storyline

Biopic of the famed British Prime Minister focusing on his concern about Russia's growing interest in the Indian subcontinent and his attempts to buy the Suez Canal. He sees the Canal as the key strategic resource in maintaining the Empire in the East but is unpopular in many quarters. With antisemitism rife at the time, Disraeli finds little support for his plan to purchase the canal or his foreign policy in general. There is no doubt that the Russians are plotting against British interests and he is surrounded by spies, even in his office at 10 Downing St. When the Bank of England refuses to finance the purchase of the available shares he turns to private sources to raise the available cash only to find the conspirators one step ahead of him. Written by garykmcd

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Disraeli - Lover and Leader! See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 November 1929 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Disraeli See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros., Vitaphone See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Apparatus)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

George Arliss (Benjamin Disraeli) and his wife Florence Arliss (Lady Beaconsfield) reprised their roles from Disraeli (1921). See more »

Quotes

Benjamin Disraeli: A man who never makes jokes is a standing joke to the world.
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Alternate Versions

The original 1929 release ran 90 minutes; shortened by 3 minutes for a re-release in 1934. All current prints are the 87-minute re-release version. See more »


Soundtracks

Rule Britannia
(1740)
Music by Thomas Augustine Arne
Words by James Thomson
Played during the opening credit
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The film belongs to Mr. Arliss
25 September 2003 | by Bucs1960See all my reviews

Don't be put off by the age of this film....it is magnificent. And the reason is George Arliss! This is his show and his alone. Granted, the film is talky and basically uses 2 sets BUT listen to the dialogue and watch Mr. Arliss spin his magic as he immerses himself in the Benjamin Disraeli character. Bringing his stage interpretation to the screen, it translates surprisingly well......that is not always the case in screen adaptations. What a fantastic face he had....certainly not pretty but very expressive. He won a well deserved Oscar for this role. He had a string of movies in late silent and early talking films and now, unfortunately, he seems to be forgotten except by us film buffs who treasure him. So if you wish to be entranced by the acting skills of a master, see this film. You won't regret it!


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