Gentleman's agreement [videorecording] /
by Zanuck, Darryl Francis [pro]; Kazan, Elia [drt]; Hart, Moss [aus]; Peck, Gregory [act]; McGuire, Dorothy [act]; Garfield, John [act]; Holm, Celeste [act]; Revere, Anne [act]; Havoc, June [act]; Dekker, Albert [act]; Wyatt, Jane [act]; Stockwell, Dean [act]; Joy, Nicholas [act]; Jaffe, Sam [act]; Vermilyea, Harold [act]; Sherman, Ransom [act]; Miller, Arthur C [cng]; Jones, Harmon [flm]; Newman, Alfred [cmp]; Hobson, Laura Keane Zametkin; Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation; Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, Inc.Material type: Visual materialSeries: Studio classic: 2.Publisher: Beverly Hills, CA : Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation : Distributed by Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, Description: 1 videodisc (118 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in.Language note: In English, dubbed French, or dubbed Spanish, with optional subtitles in English or Spanish; closed-captioned.Title notes: $14.99 1/21/2011 (snl)Subject(s): DVD-Video discs | Antisemitism -- Drama | Impersonation -- Drama | Deception -- Drama | Jews, American -- Drama | Authors, American -- Drama | Children and adults -- Drama | Man-woman relationships -- Drama | Antisemitism -- Drama | Jews -- United States -- Drama | New York (N.Y.) -- Drama | Hobson, Laura Keane Zametkin -- Film adaptations | Feature films | Fiction films | Historical films | Film adaptations | Video recordings for the hearing impaired | Feature films
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:
Adapted by Moss Hart from the novel by Laura Z. Hobson, this film stars Gregory Peck as recently widowed journalist Phil Green. With a growing son (Dean Stockwell) to support, Green is receptive to the invitation of magazine publisher John Minify (Albert Dekker) to write a series of hard-hitting articles on the scourge of anti-Semitism. In order to glean his information first hand, Green decides to pose as a Jew. As the weeks go by, Green experiences all manner of prejudice, the most insidious being the subtle, "gentleman's agreement" form of bigotry wherein anti-Jewish sentiments are merely taken for granted. Green's pose takes a toll on his budding romance with Minify's niece Kathy (Dorothy McGuire), who comes to realize by her own example that even those who insist that they harbor no anti-Semitic feelings are also capable of prejudice. Watching from the sidelines is Green's lifelong Jewish friend Dave (John Garfield, in what may be his best performance), who despite his inherent rage over the iniquities of racism has learned to be philosophical about the failings of his fellow man-but not to the extent that he's willing to give up the fight against blind hatred. Though warned by several Jewish film moguls that to produce the film would merely "make trouble," 20th Century-Fox chieftan Daryl F. Zanuck (who was not himself Jewish) saw the project through to its conclusion. The wisdom of Zanuck's decision was proven when Gentleman's Agreement not only made a fortune for Fox, but also won three Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director (Elia Kazan) and Best Supporting Actress (Celeste Holm). ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
$14.99 1/21/2011 (snl)
DVD; Region 1, NTSC; full frame presentation, aspect ratio 1.33:1.
In English, dubbed French, or dubbed Spanish, with optional subtitles in English or Spanish; closed-captioned.
Based on the novel by Laura Z. Hobson.
Gregory Peck, Dorothy McGuire, John Garfield, Celeste Holm, Anne Revere, June Havoc, Albert Dekker, Jane Wyatt, Dean Stockwell, Nicholas Joy, Sam Jaffe, Harold Vermilyea, Ransom M. Sherman.
Director of photography, Arthur Miller ; editor, Harmon Jones ; music, Alfred Newman ; art direction, Lyle Wheeler, Mark-Lee Kirk ; costumes designed by Kay Nelson.
Originally produced as an American motion picture in 1947.
MPAA Rating: Not rated; Canadian Home Video Rating: PG.
Magazine writer Schuyler 'Phil' Green, a widower who has just arrived with his mother and young son in New York, is assigned the task of writing an expose of anti-Semitism. As he searches for a new angle on the topic, he decides to pass as a Jew for several months, which causes no end of trouble for his ailing mother and young son. It also puts his new society girlfriend on the spot, since despite all her intellectual convictions, she cannot quite shake the vicious prejudices of her particular group. In the 40s, Hollywood began exploring serious social problems in an upfront manner, and while a trifle too earnest for some people, this film puts the 'gentleman's agreement' among gentiles to discriminate against Jews directly in the spotlight.
Main titles -- Phil Green gets a new assignment -- Phil meets Kathy -- Difficult beginning -- Sudden inspiration -- Phil starts seeing life as a Jew -- Phil and Kathy quarrel about his plan -- Anti-Semitism at the magazine -- Party and another quarrel -- Dave Goldman comes to town -- Many faces of prejudice -- Phil finishes the series -- Kathy sees the problem in a new light.
Special features: Commentary by Celeste Holm, June Havoc, and Richard Schickel [audio feature]; Hollywood Backstories: Gentleman's agreement [featurette] (25 min.); Movietone news (3 min.); Still gallery [slide show]; Theatrical trailer (3 min.); Studio Classics [Previews] (5 min.).
Winner, 1948 Academy Awards for Best Actress in a Supporting Role--Celeste Holm; Best Director--Elia Kazan; Best Picture; 1948 Golden Globes for Best Motion Picture, Drama; Best Motion Picture Director--Elia Kazan; Best Supporting Actress--Celeste Holm; Special Award--Dean Stockwell (Best Juvenile Actor).