Who Wrote Gentleman`s Agreement
Not only are the basic elements of Hobson`s work preserved, but in some cases they retain a larger dimension and greater plausibility. This applies to adaptation, staging and performances. Thus, the first meeting between Phil Green and Kathy is more understandable on the screen than on the printed page. Similarly, the couple`s other scenes, especially the initial love scene, dramatize their irresistible reciprocal physical attraction that overcomes their violent philosophical differences. It is about the anti-Semitism of prosperous post-war America and the insidious way in which Jews were excluded from high-level social clubs, resorts and, of course, jobs. There have been no official bans, just a nod and a nod and a “gentleman`s agreement” between nice conservatives they know the kind of people they want to be associated with. This is the kind of everyday prejudice that Groucho Marx elegantly dismissed with his joke that he did not want to join a club that would have him as a member. Finally, after many discussions with his older, worried mother (a typcast Anne Revere), Phil has a Eureka moment. Of course! That`s all! Just as he wrote an Orwellist report on the miner or an okie – he`d be Jewish! He posed as a Jew and applied for jobs, club memberships, hotel reservations, etc. In a state of ecstatic writing, he almost exclaims, “And I have a title for it – I was Jewish for six months!” The elephant in the room, of course, is the Holocaust. It is not mentioned, although it has been done recently.
Phil seriously tells his broad-eyed little boy that anti-Semitism is a kind of religious prejudice like anti-Catholicism, and it is perhaps understandable that he does not want to overwhelm his son from the Holocaust. But he never tells his mother or his colleagues. Perhaps it is because he and the film cannot quite absorb the terrible onabsorber paradox, that the United States went to war to defeat Hitler and that American troops liberated a number of camps – while feeding them abominable anti-Semites. Putting Dave in an army uniform is the film`s coded way of saying all that. The best Jewish friend in army uniform is the silent rhetoric of the film. The spectacular critical, popular and financial success of Laura Z. Hobson`s “Gentleman`s Agreement” as a novel was to be repeated by Darryl F. Zanuck`s brilliant and powerful film. Just as the original story of the writer (character), who poses as a Jew to write a series of magazines about anti-Semitism, was an important step in modern fiction, the image is one of the most vital and moving and impressive in Hollywood history.
He had to clean up at the checkout and give deserving applause to his creators. Philip Schuyler Green (Gregory Peck) is a widowed journalist who has just moved to New York with his son Tommy (Dean Stockwell) and his mother (Anne Revere). Green meets magazine editor John Minify (Albert Dekker) who asks Green, a pagan, to write an article about anti-Semitism (“Some people don`t like others just because they`re Jewish”). He was not very enthusiastic at first, but after beginning to struggle with how to approach the subject in a new way, Green was inspired to adopt a Jewish identity (“Phil Greenberg”) and wrote first-hand about his experience.