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Gentleman's Agreement (1946, Elia Kazan)

TitleGentleman's Agreement
Release LocationsUSA
DirectorElia Kazan
MediumBlack & white video
Length1 hrs, 58 mins
Audiencegeneral public
Play ConnectionsThe Merchant of Venice (modernization)


A film that pioneered in breaking Hollywood's code of silence about anti-Semitism in America. Gregory Peck as a magazine writer pretending to be Jewish has an occasion to deliver to his secretary, who cannot believe that he is not Jewish, a speech that strongly echoes Shylock's famous speech beginning "Hath not a Jew eyes?" (3.1.59)

Description from Shakespeare on Screen : an International Filmography and Videography by Kenneth S. Rothwell and Annabelle Henkin Melzer. ©1990 Kenneth S. Rothwell. Cited by permission. — Added 2008-11-14

Cast Overview

CastJohn Garfield
CastCeleste Holm
CastDorothy McGuire
CastGregory Peck
CastAnne Revere

Production Team and Crew Overview

DirectorElia Kazan
ProducerDarryl F. Zanuck
Adaptor/TranslatorMoss Hart
Book AuthorLaura Z. Hobson

Production information courtesy of: Kenneth Rothwell