Film: Gentleman's Agreement
"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!"
Based on a novel by Laura Z. Hobson, Gentleman's Agreement
is a 1947 film directed by Elia Kazan
and starring Gregory Peck
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 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.
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