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The House of Rothschild (1934)

Passed | | Biography, Drama, History | 7 April 1934 (USA)
The wealthy Rothschild family undergoes prejudice from the anti-Semitic society they live within.

Directors:

Alfred L. Werker (as Alfred Werker), Sidney Lanfield (uncredited)

Writers:

Nunnally Johnson (screen play), George Hembert Westley (based on a play by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
George Arliss ... Mayer Rothschild / Nathan Rothschild
Boris Karloff ... Count Ledrantz
Loretta Young ... Julie Rothschild
Robert Young ... Capt. Fitzroy
C. Aubrey Smith ... Duke of Wellington
Arthur Byron ... Baring
Helen Westley ... Gudula Rothschild
Reginald Owen ... Herries
Florence Arliss ... Hannah Rothschild
Alan Mowbray ... Prince Metternich
Holmes Herbert ... Rowerth
Paul Harvey ... Solomon Rothschild
Ivan F. Simpson ... Amschel Rothschild (as Ivan Simpson)
Noel Madison ... Carl Rothschild
Murray Kinnell ... James Rothschild
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Storyline

The story of the rise of the Rothschild financial empire founded by Mayer Rothschild and continued by his five sons. From humble beginnings the business grows and helps to finance the war against Napoleon, but it's not always easy, especially because of the prejudices against Jews. Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 April 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rothschild See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

20th Century Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(copyright length) | (FMC Library Print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Color:

Black and White | Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

George Hembert Westley's play was unpublished, but copyrighted 11 May 1932. See more »

Quotes

Nathan Rothschild: We require an agreement, a treaty, signed and guaranteed by your governments giving to our people absolute freedom. In this agreement, they would lose their chains, they would have the right to follow any trade, to own land, to live with respect, and... remember what our father said mama... to walk the world with dignity.
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Alternate Versions

Older television prints of "House of Rothschild" were totally in black-and-white, and did not show the final scene in its original Technicolor form. Most current TV prints have now restored the Technicolor finale. See more »

Connections

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La Marseillaise
(1792) (uncredited)
Written by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle
Arranged by Alfred Newman
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Money, money, money
7 February 2011 | by howdymaxSee all my reviews

A dramatic, inter-generational history of the House of Rothchild. Most people have a vague notion of the Rothchild banking dynasty, but like me, probably didn't know the history and pain that went with it. This story covers the origin and evolution of that dynasty and an explanation of it's motivation. The story centers around the elder brother, Nathan, played by George Arliss and his four brothers. I have to admit that I never saw the George Arliss magic until I saw this picture. He really was a major talent, although he was quite old when he did this. We see the family breaking out of "Jew Street" in Frankfurt, and establishing banks throughout Europe while struggling to overcome anti-semitic attitudes and actual pogroms. There are some personal vignettes involving Loretta Young as Nathan's daughter and her goy suitor played by Robert Young that tend to humanize the family but really don't amount to much. The real story is the family drive to help stabilize a war ravaged Europe and through it, command the respect of a deeply anti-semitic aristocratic European society. The picture paints a rather pastel version of what was probably a grueling battle for acceptance, but it managed to convey a feeling of warmth and respect for the underdog. There are some very nice touches. The family members all touch the mezuzah each time the enter or leave the house. Everybody kisses Mama, and George Arliss shows what appears to be a real tenderness whenever he interacts with Loretta Young. The brothers never appear to be avaricious, but rather an integrated force of will, determined to succeed, yet determined to play by the rules. All in all, an enjoyable and informative docu-drama. Well worth the 90 minutes.


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