->''Ma, I've got it! I've got the idea, the angle, the lead! I'll be Jewish! Why, all I've got to do is just say it. No one around here knows me. I can live with myself for six weeks, eight weeks, nine months. Ma, this is it!''
-->-- '''Phil Green'''
''Gentleman's Agreement'' is a 1947 film starring GregoryPeck and Dorothy [=McGuire=]. Peck plays a journalist -- Phil "Schulyer" Green -- who, having been widowed for some years, moves to New York City with his son and mother in pursuit of a new job, where he is assigned a piece on anti-Semitism. He struggles for a while to find a convincing and engaging angle from which he can write the story, and finally settles on [[BlackLikeMe pretending to be Jewish]] so he can experience prejudice first-hand. [=McGuire=] plays Kathy Lacey, his fiancee, who dislikes the difficulty this act brings, and who lacks the courage to stand up and actually confront prejudiced people. Other characters include Anne Dettrey, the fashion editor at Phil's magazine who quickly befriends him, and John Minify, the editor who suggests the piece. The title comes from the "gentleman's agreement" between the residents of a particular community not to sell or rent property to Jews.
!!This film contains examples of:
* [[BlackLikeMe Jewish Like Me]]: The whole premise, and a fair bit older than the TropeNamer. Phil doesn't disguise himself or act differently in any way (which is part of the point, really) -- all he does is say he's Jewish -- and people treat him very differently.
* InformedJudaism: No part of Phil's act involves, say, attending a synagogue, or anything other than just saying he's Jewish. There is next to no discussion about what religious Jews actually believe or actual cultural traits. It's one of the stranger uses of this trope, considering.
* NWordPrivileges: After his secretary (see Stop Being Sterotypical below) uses a Jewish slur, Phil points out he does not think it's appropriate to use degrading words, specifically saying "nigger" as one of the words it's not right to use as degrading to people of whatever group someone doesn't like.
* SomeOfMyBestFriendsAreX: When one of Phil's coworkers tries this after assuming Phil would've been in P.R. during [[WorldWarTwo the war]] as opposed to having been a G.I., Anne has a succint reply:
-->'''Anne Dettrey''': I know dear, and some of your other best friends are Methodist, but you never bother to say it.
* StopBeingStereotypical: Phil's secretary, Elaine Wales/Estelle Wilovsky. She's unhappy that she couldn't get a job under her real name, but when Phil arranges for the magazine to have fairer hiring practices, she's immediately concerned that more "kikey" Jews will ruin the job for the "good ones," like Phil and herself. Phil does not take kindly to this.
* WhoNamesTheirKidDude: Minify's opinion of Phil's pen name. He claims he wouldn't give it to a dog.