Gentleman's agreement (Motion picture : 1947)
In English, dubbed French, or dubbed Spanish, with optional subtitles in English or Spanish; closed-captioned.
1 videodisc (118 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in.
Other Standard Identifiers
Studio classic ; 2.
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.
Based on the novel by Laura Z. Hobson. Originally produced as an American motion picture in 1947. 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.).
Formatted Contents Note
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.
Digital File Characteristics
video file DVD video region 1
System Details Note
DVD; Region 1, NTSC; full frame presentation, aspect ratio 1.33:1.
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Beverly Hills, CA : Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp. : Distributed by Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, 
Director of photography, Arthur Miller ; editor, Harmon Jones ; music, Alfred Newman ; art direction, Lyle Wheeler, Mark-Lee Kirk ; costumes designed by Kay Nelson.
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.
MPAA Rating: Not rated; Canadian Home Video Rating: PG.
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).