A landmark novel that ranked #1 on the New York Times bestseller list for five months straight, Gentleman’s Agreement speaks to the pervasive nature of prejudice after World War II—an issue just as relevant today as when the book was first published.
Journalist Philip Green has just moved to New York City from California when the Third Reich falls. To mark this moment in history, his editor at Smith’s Weekly Magazine assigns Phil a series of articles on anti-Semitism in America. In order to experience anti-Semitism firsthand, Phil, a Christian, decides to pose as a Jew. What he discovers about the rampant bigotry in America will change him forever.
A reporter pretends to be Jewish in order to cover a story on anti-Semitism.
Release Date: November 11, 1947
Release Time: 118 minutes
Gregory Peck as Philip Schuyler Green
Anne Revere as Mrs. Green
Dorothy McGuire as Kathy Lacey
June Havoc as Elaine Wales
John Garfield as Dave Goldman
Albert Dekker as John Minify
Celeste Holm as Anne Dettrey
Jane Wyatt as Jane
Dean Stockwell as Tommy Green
Nicholas Joy as Doctor Craigie
Sam Jaffe as Professor Fred Lieberman
Academy Awards 1947
Best Picture – 20th Century-Fox (Darryl F. Zanuck, producer) - Won
Directing – Elia Kazan - Won
Best Actor – Gregory Peck - Nominated
Best Actress – Dorothy McGuire - Nominated
Best Supporting Actress – Anne Revere - Nominated
Best Supporting Actress – Celeste Holm - Won
Film Editing – Harmon Jones - Nominated
Best Writing, Screenplay – Moss Hart - Nominated
Laura Z. Hobson was an American novelist best known for her novel, Gentleman's Agreement.
Born Laura Kean Zametkin in New York City, the twin daughter of Jewish socialist immigrants, Michael Zametkin and Adella Kean, she graduated from Cornell University. On July 23, 1930, she married Francis Thayer Hobson, owner of William Morrow and Company. In 1934, she joined the promotional staff of Time, Life, and Fortune.
In 1935, her marriage ended in divorce. In 1937, she decided to adopt a baby, Michael. She became pregnant with her second son Christopher in 1941, raising both children on her own.
After 1940 she devoted herself to writing. Her 1943 novel, The Trespassers, depicted refugees' flight from Nazism. On April 27, 1947, her most famous work, Gentleman's Agreement, about a gentile researching antisemitism for a national magazine, reached #1 on The New York Times best-sellers' list and sold over 1.6 million copies. She also wrote First Paper, a fictionalized version of her life with her radical parents, sister and brother. A later novel, Consenting Adult, about a mother dealing with her son's homosexuality, was based on her experience with her son, Christopher.