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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 »

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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 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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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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Crime | Drama

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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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Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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The prominent portrait on the wall of Papa Tomasulo's room is that of Pope Pius XI - the pope at the time this film was made. See more »

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John Gilbert struggles valiantly
9 April 2014 | by marcslopeSee all my reviews

This early Mervyn Le Roy work starts out as an intriguing look at class, self-identity, and a mixing of two worlds, but less than halfway through it switches to a standard bootleggers-and- their-molls flick. In both sections, there are some loose ends flapping. We first encounter Gilbert as a well-to-do, polished Manhattanite, unaware that his money comes from the illegal liquor trade, and also unaware that his dad, whom he thought dead, is alive and dying, and he has a brother, Louis Wolheim (Louis Wolheim as John Gilbert's brother? even the script tries to make a joke of it), who runs the dirty business. Where the heck did he think all his money came from, anyway, and how was he catapulted into such high living? The movie doesn't say. Anyway, upon discovering his humble origins, he's at first repelled and then sucked into the family business, resorting to murder and taking up with moll Anita Page (who's rather touching) because he can't get over being dumped by fiancée Leila Hyams. It's run-of-the-mill booze, broads, and guns from there, though the ending's unexpectedly downbeat and depressing (he has sinned, but surely he didn't deserve this). Gilbert is better than his reputation suggests--there was absolutely nothing wrong with his voice, and he emotes persuasively. But it's basically downhill from a good start.


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