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Gentleman's Fate (1931)

Passed | | Crime, Drama | 7 March 1931 (USA)
Jack lives the high life and wants to make Marjorie his one and only. He then learns that his deceased father is alive but dying of lead poisoning. His father sent him away, twenty years ... See full summary »

Director:

Mervyn LeRoy

Writers:

Ursula Parrott (from a story by), Leonard Praskins (screenplay and adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
John Gilbert ... Giacomo Tomasulo aka Jack Thomas
Louis Wolheim ... Frank Tomasulo
Leila Hyams ... Marjorie Channing
Anita Page ... Ruth Corrigan
Marie Prevost ... Mabel
John Miljan ... Florio
George Cooper ... Mike
Ferike Boros ... Angela (as Ferike Beros)
Ralph Ince ... Dante
Frank Reicher ... Papa Francesco Tomasulo
Paul Porcasi ... Papa Mario Giovanni
Tenen Holtz ... Tony
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Storyline

Jack lives the high life and wants to make Marjorie his one and only. He then learns that his deceased father is alive but dying of lead poisoning. His father sent him away, twenty years before, to keep him out of the rackets. But now that he is dying, he wants to split the business between Giacomo (Jack) and Frank, his other son. The business includes running booze down from Canada. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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As thrilling and surprising an underworld talkie as the screen has shown, swift as a bullet, played by a cast it would be hard to match! (Trade paper ad). See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 March 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Destino de um Cavalheiro See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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This film received its first (and probably only) telecast in New York City Monday 16 September 1957 on the Late, Late Show on WCBS (Channel 2); in Philadelphia it was first shown 21 October 1958 on WFIL (Channel 6) and in San Francisco it was finally telecast 5 September 1963 on KGO (Channel 7). There is no reliable documentation that it was ever televised in Los Angeles. It's infrequent television showings at that time were limited to the less predominant markets such as Wednesday 22 January 1958 on CKLW (Channel 9). (Windsor, Ontario/Detroit, Michigan,) and Friday 28 March 1958 on KYW (Channel 3) (Cleveland, Ohio). Today, film enthusiasts have it easier and are happy to see it's occasionally given an airing by Turner Classic Movies because of renewed interest in the career of John Gilbert. See more »

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Not what you heard...
17 April 2014 | by MikeMagiSee all my reviews

There have been several explanations for John Gilbert's downfall with the advent of sound. But it's doubtful that any of them are true. His voice was not high and feminine, it was masculine and pleasant. Louis B. Mayer did not intentionally put Gilbert in a succession of turkeys to humiliate him. Mayer was too shrewd a businessman to throw away money by making clunkers. Why then did the silent screen's most popular leading man fall flat when movies learned to talk? "Gentleman's Fate" provides a pretty good answer. Gilbert had no flair for dialogue. He read his lines woodenly, especially in scenes with consummate pros like Louis Wolheim. And mediocre scripts like "Gentleman's Fate" didn't do him any favors. This has to be one of the slowest, talkiest gangster movies in history. The characters, ranging from Gilbert's "gentleman" to a gang of bootleggers and their molls, sit around a crummy hotel lobby blathering endlessly about who they're going to bump off with only an occasional foray outside for gunfire. Then it's back to the hotel for another gabfest. And another long wait for more action while poor John Gilbert has to keep bantering...which clearly isn't his forte.


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