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Lloyds of London (1936)

Approved | | Drama, History, Romance | 29 January 1937 (USA)
Blake is in love with an aristocratic woman whose husband seriously injures him. Blake's friendship with Lord Nelson provides the basis for Blake's part in the growth of Lloyd's insurance ... See full summary »

Director:

Henry King

Writers:

Ernest Pascal (screen play), Walter Ferris (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Freddie Bartholomew ... Jonathan Blake - as a Boy
Madeleine Carroll ... Lady Elizabeth
Guy Standing ... John Julius Angerstein (as Sir Guy Standing)
Tyrone Power ... Jonathan Blake
C. Aubrey Smith ... Old 'Q'
Virginia Field ... Polly
Douglas Scott ... Horatio Nelson
George Sanders ... Lord Everett Stacy
J.M. Kerrigan ... Brook Watson
Una O'Connor ... Widow Blake
Forrester Harvey ... Percival Potts
Gavin Muir ... Sir Gavin Gore
E.E. Clive ... Magistrate
Miles Mander ... Jukes
Montagu Love ... Hawkins
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Storyline

Blake is in love with an aristocratic woman whose husband seriously injures him. Blake's friendship with Lord Nelson provides the basis for Blake's part in the growth of Lloyd's insurance business following the Battle of Trafalgar. Only very slightly based on history. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Genres:

Drama | History | Romance | War

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

29 January 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lloyds of London See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$850,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(FMC Library Print) (copyright length)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Loretta Young was originally suppose to star as Lady Elizabeth but she declined the role; Fox ended up putting her on suspension for her refusal. See more »

Goofs

When Angerstein explains to young Blake the importance of British commerce, he conjures up English ships sailing to "...Hong Kong, Cape Town, Bombay...," he does this in the year 1770. Hong Kong was not an important port for British trade until it became a British colony in 1842, more than seventy years later. See more »

Crazy Credits

We acknowledge with appreciation the assistance of the official historian of Lloyds of London in the preparation of the historical background for this production. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Bay Boy (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

String Quintet In E, Op. 13 No. 5: Minuet
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Written by Luigi Boccherini
Played in the gaming house
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" There is a special bond between men of honor. It's called Friendship "
14 June 2011 | by thinker1691See all my reviews

Hollywood takes many liberties when combining History and the real life of great Englishmen. In this sea epic, based on an original story by Curtis Kenyon, the movie is called " Lloyd of London. " Combining the navel exploits of Horatio Nelson (1758-1805) with that of the Insurance Market, Lloyds of London (1688-1900). This is a fictional account of two boys Jonathan Blake (Freddie Bartholomew and Tyrone Power) and Horatio Nelson (Douglas Scott and John Burton) growing up through the ages culminating during the Napoleonic Wars. Realizing that wealth and snobbery go hand in hand, Blake is determined to become an integral part of English aristocracy and influence, while Nelson raises through the naval ranks to achieve notoriety against the French. The movie makes much between men at sea and the financial power in England, so too between lovers both unrequited and not. George Saunders plays Lord Everett Stacy the principal foil which Powers had to contend with. An interesting contest between loyalty and love and which becomes more adroit when it comes to dealing with life. Tyrone is superb and the cast makes this movie a good candidate to become a Classic among Black and White films. ****


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