GENTLEMAN'S AGREEMENT (1947) B/W 118m dir: Elia Kazan
w/Gregory Peck, Dorothy McGuire, John Garfield, Celeste Holm, Ann Revere, June Havoc, Albert Dekker, Jane Wyatt, Dean Stockwell, Sam Jaffe
Based on a bestseller by Laura Z. Hobson, Moss Hart's adaptation features Peck as a magazine writer who masquerades as a Jew in order to report firsthand on high society discrimination.
From The Movie Guide: "Today, it looks like a heart on a sleeve, but GENTLEMAN'S AGREEMENT is a landmark film --- Hollywood's first major attack on anti-Semitism. ...
"Garfield initially debated accepting such a small part, but on David Niven's advice, he took the role; his powerful performance shows the commitment he obviously developed during production. Despite the excellence of Peck and Garfield, though, today the finest work seems that of Holm and, in perhaps the film's most difficult part, McGuire. Shot mostly on location in New York, GENTLEMAN'S AGREEMENT remains a classic crusading film."
Oscar awarded for Best Picture, Director, and Supporting Actress (Holm). The film was also nominated for Best Actor (Peck), Actress (McGuire), Supporting Actress (Revere), Screenplay, and Editing.