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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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Did You Know?

Trivia

The film premiered at the Fox Carthay Circle Theatre in Los Angeles. 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

The Bonnie Banks O' Loch Lomond
(ca 1745) (uncredited)
Traditional Music
In the score when Young Jonathan leaves Young Nelson for London
Reprised in the score when Jonathan receives a letter from Admiral Nelson
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Hidden Piece of History
17 July 2010 | by adamshlSee all my reviews

In retelling this piece of history, the writers left out one item. Between 1688 and 1807 one of the prime sources of Lloyd's of London's revenue was by insuring ships engaging in slave trading.* This enabled Britian to establish itself very rapidly as the chief slave trading center in the Atlantic.

British ships carried more than three and a quarter million humans into slavery. This shocking statistic casts a deep pall on Lloyd's of London. It may be have been an embarrassment to the writers to include this in their screenplay; still a fact of this magnitude can be considered a sad omission.

The rest of the film is well presented with beautiful acting and production values. Both Bartholomew and Power are excellent, as are Carroll and Sanders. _______________ *According to Wikipedia Enclycopedia "Lloyds in London...was a popular place for ship owners...especially those involved in the slave trade....Historian Eric Williams notes 'Lloyds insured slaves and slave ships...and quickly obtained a monopoly on maritime insurance related to the slave trade and maintained it up through the early 19th century.' "


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