Gentleman's Agreement

Synopsis: Philip Green is a highly respected writer who is recruited by a national magazine to write a series of articles on anti-Semitism in America. He's not too keen on the series, mostly because he's not sure how to tackle the subject. Then it dawns on him: if he was to pretend to all and sundry that he was Jewish, he could then experience the degree of racism and prejudice that exists and write his story from that perspective. It takes little time for him to experience bigotry. His anger at the way he is treated also affects his relationship with Kathy Lacy, his publisher's niece and the person who suggested the series in the first place.
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director(s): Elia Kazan
Production: Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
  Won 3 Oscars. Another 9 wins & 8 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
118 min

Aren't you tired?

No. There's so much of it.

Will we live here

all the time, Pop?

Want to?

Sure. I like it.

Why did we always live

in California?

I was born there,

got married there...

...just went right on living there.

Did Mother ever come

to New York?

No. I was here by myself once

for three days.

You still think of her, Tommy?

Sort of.

Not all the time.

Just sometimes.

How old was I

when she died, Pop?

You were four years old.

A long time.

You ever going

to get married again?

Oh, maybe.

Want me to?

I don't care.

I like it fine this way...

...but Grandma says

you're getting tougher... have around the house.

She does, does she?

Any more complaints

from Grandma?

She says

you're too picky and choosy.

Where are we going?

To meet Grandma at Saks.

Hey, Pop, look at that.

What's he supposed to be doing?

That's Atlas carrying the world

on his shoulders.

No kidding? That's what

Grandma says you're doing.

She wishes you'd leave the world

alone a while.

Yeah? Looks like

I'll have to slug Grandma.

Hey, we're late.

Grandma's going to slug us.

Come on.

I love waiting for people.

There's nothing like waiting

for people who are always late.

We're late because I'm carrying

the world on my shoulders.

It's heavy.

You can't walk fast.

Put it down gently

and pay for your son's shoes.

I'll thank you, Tommy,

to keep your mouth shut.

I said he's getting tougher

to have around the house.

How much are shoes in New York?

Better give her ten bucks.

Wish me luck, Ma.

I'm going up to the magazine.

Good luck, Phil. I hope it's

something you want and not far.

It'll be right here.

Otherwise, Minify wouldn't have

gotten us the apartment.

Does Mr. Minify

always tell you what to write?

Don't you ever think up

what to write yourself?

Yeah, I think sometimes

for myself.

I'm late. Have fun.

Boys' shoes?

Fourth floor.

Toy department, please?

Second floor.

Right in there.

Thank you.

Smith's Weekly, please.

Reception room. Sixth floor.

Right in there.


I did have an appointment.

I'm sorry.

I have no record of it.

I spoke with his secretary...

...and she said

to come in this morning.

He'll be in

himself in a half hour.

Yes, please?

I have an appointment

with Mr. Minify.

-Name, please?

-Schuyler Green.

Telegram for Mr. Pendleton.

Through the door,

second office to the right.

Schuyler Green

to see Mr. Minify.

Thank you.

Mr. Minify is expecting you.

-Mr. Herman will call for these.


For Mr. Minify.

Follow me, please.


-Yes, please?

-Miss Dettrey's expecting me.

Just a moment, please.

Mr. Green.

Mr. Minify's

on the long distance.

He'll be through in a moment.

Won't you sit down?

Have you seen the last issue?

No. Thank you.

Mr. Green out there yet?

Yes. Mr. Green is here.

Good. I'll be right out.

Come in.

Glad you're here, Green.

This is all right now.

Get it off airmail special.

-Glad to see you. Come on in.


Sit down.

Finding your way around?


Mother and kid like New York?


They like the apartment, too.

Probably the last

Manhattan apartment left.

Getting to know people here?

Not yet.

I'm slow about that.

We'll fix that.

How about tonight at my place?

Having a couple girls

and some people.

Thanks. Some other time.

Nonsense. I won't ask again.

Here's the address.

Miss Miller,

don't disturb me for anything.

Tell Mrs. Minify

Mr. Green's coming to dinner.

Now get good and comfortable.

There. Because

I'm going to talk to you...

...for about an hour.

Maybe two.

I've had an idea.

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Laura Z. Hobson

Laura Zametkin Hobson (June 19, 1900 – February 28, 1986) was an American writer, best known for her novels Gentleman's Agreement (1947) and Consenting Adult (1975). more…

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