Gentleman's Agreement

Gentleman's Agreement is a film from the year 1947., The original title is Gentleman's Agreement. It was directed by Elia Kazan, the main characters are Gregory Peck, Dorothy McGuire and John Garfield. The film is based on the best-selling novel Gentleman's Agreement by Laura Z. Hobson from 1947 and has been very controversial in its time.


Phil Green is a successful journalist from the West Coast to New York City, to work for a big magazine. His boss gives him the assignment to write a series on anti-Semitism. The widower Green, who lives with his young son Tommy and his mother, falls in love with Kathy Lacey, the niece of his boss. She is divorced, but are soon after his promotion and would like to refer to him her house, which is located in Darien (Connecticut). Green has problems to take care of the new task, and finally comes up with the idea himself off as a Jew and to report on his experiences. To this end, he changes its name to Greenberg. With this game, he calls the superficial tolerance Kathy. It comes to a head. Dave Goldman, an old friend of Phil's, comes to visit; he was an officer in the U.S. Army, he was now but a job in New York offered. This course, he can only assume, if he finds an apartment. Kathy realizes that she can only regain Phil, demonstrating its tolerant attitude through action. It represents Dave Goldman her home in Darien available and promises him to protect him there in front of all hostilities. Then Phil returns to Kathy.


Gentleman's agreement was the first Hollywood film that dealt with the topic of anti-Semitism. Kazan liked the movie not very. He was too polite and does not demonstrate how bad is anti-Semitism. But, as the film focuses on the latent anti-Semitism of the seemingly liberal and tolerant and this ultimately convicted of cowardice, he analyzes the anti-Semitism very much finer than the display of brutal and direct racism could have done it. From a German perspective, it is strange to see a film about anti-Semitism in the United States from 1947 in which the Holocaust - is no mention or image - of course, at that time this name had not yet. The parallels to an existing anti-Semitism in Germany, who thinks of himself as a liberal and tolerant, are striking.


  • " Elia Kazan denounces abuses committed in society to where his film by the optimistic ( and placed acting ) End While to lose its sharpness, but without losing critical of seriousness and importance. " - " Encyclopedia of the international film " (CD -ROM edition ), Systhema, Munich 1997
  • " A 1947 turned film of Elia Kazan, despite some superficial, an optimistic conclusion and cinematic weaknesses of the topic because of seeing and vo particularly worthy of consideration. " - Protestant movie watchers, critics No. 211/1964

The Film Review Board Wiesbaden gave the production value the predicate.


  • Oscars 1948: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actress - Celeste Holm, five other nominations (Primary - Gregory Peck, Actress - Dorothy McGuire, Supporting Actress - Anne Revere, screenplay, editing)
  • Golden Globe Awards 1948: Best Picture - Drama, Best Director, Best Supporting Actress - Celeste Holm, special price - Dean Stockwell (best young actor)
  • National Board of Review Awards 1947: Best Director, ranking among the top ten films of the year
  • New York Film Critics Circle Awards 1947: Best Film, Best Director

DVD Release

  • Gentleman's Agreement. Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment 2007