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Man of Affairs (1936)

His Lordship (original title)
A complicated adventure involving twin brothers and the Foreign Office trying to thwart the ambitions of a hostile sheikh.


Herbert Mason


Neil Grant (play), Edwin Greenwood (screenplay) | 2 more credits »




Cast overview:
George Arliss ... Richard Fraser / Lorimer, Lord Duncaster
Romilly Lunge Romilly Lunge ... Bill Howard
Rene Ray ... Vera (as René Ray)
Jessie Winter Jessie Winter ... Lady Duncaster
John Ford John Ford ... Ibrahim
Allan Jeayes ... Barak
Lawrence Anderson ... Nahil
Bernard Merefield Bernard Merefield ... Phillpotts
John Turnbull ... Stevenson
Basil Gill ... Abdullah


When the Emir of Kazra is assassinated, Richard Fraser, an old friend, returns to England to warn the Emir's son he is in danger. Fraser uses his twin brother's position as British Foreign Secretary to expose the murderers and avert war between the two countries. Written by Ian Harries <ih@doc.ic.ac.uk>

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HERE IS A SURPRISE! Arliss outwitting Arliss...In a dual role that ranks as his outstanding achievement...As different in his two roles as night and day...the surprise picture of the great actor's career. (Print Ad- St. Lawrence Plaindealer, ((Canton, NY)) 13 May 1937) See more »


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The film made its Canadian premiere at the Strand Theatre, Vancouver, BC, on 3 February 1937. (Vancouver Sun, 2 February 1937) See more »


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Music by Louis Levy
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Delighful comedy with Arliss at the top of his powers.
10 July 2016 | by bbmtwistSee all my reviews

Brilliant comedy with Arliss successfully pulling off two twin brothers, completely unalike, a rare opportunity for aspiring actors to study characterization in detail.

Much fun. The plot revolves around an assassinated Arab leader, the attempt to shift the murder onto a Britain, attempts to rescue the heir from assassination as well, and a black sheep saving the day from an incompetent twin who has risen to the top.

Soundtrack suffers from much static noise in the silences, but sound otherwise is fine. Print on the DVD I saw rather through the mill, but still eminently watchable due to Arliss alone.

One of his last films and one to show he was still at the top of his game.

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Release Date:

19 February 1937 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (British Acoustic Film Full Range Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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