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Gentleman's Agreement (1947) was a Drama - Romance Film directed by Elia Kazan and produced by Darryl F. Zanuck.

The film was based on the novel of the same name written by Laura Z. Hobson published in 1947.

Academy Awards 1947 --- Ceremony Number 20 (source: AMPAS)

Best ActorGregory PeckNominated
Best ActressDorothy McGuireNominated
Best Supporting ActressCeleste HolmWon
Best Supporting ActressAnne RevereNominated
Best DirectorElia KazanWon
Best Film EditingHarmon JonesNominated
Best Picture20th Century-FoxWon
Best WritingMoss HartNominated

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Kathy Lacey: I called up my sister Jane and blurted it out, and she squealed, "Kathy!" as if she had given up any hope of anyone ever asking me. She's aching to meet you. She and her husband are giving a big party for us on Sunday. By the way, won't we have to let Jane in on it?
Phil Green: I hadn't thought so.
Kathy Lacey: But we will, won't we? Your mother knows.
Phil Green: She had to. Jane and her husband don't. If you want to keep a secret...
Kathy Lacey: But wouldn't it be sort of exaggerated with my own sister? Your sister-in-law, almost. I do think it would be inflexible of you.
Phil Green: I suppose it would be, inside the family. But they won't let anybody know, will they?
Kathy Lacey: They won't breathe it. They want to fight this awful thing just as much as you and I do.

Tommy Green: Don't you ever think of what to write yourself?

Tommy Green: Grandma said to wake you.
Phil Green: It's late, isn't it?
Tommy Green: Yeah. Here's your bathrobe.
Phil Green: I don't want it.
Tommy Green: Put it on, I said!

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Among the concerns that the movie's anti-anti-semitic message would stir up a "hornet's nest"was the bizarre belief that "Jewish friendly" films and novels from the time were linked with communism. The fear was not entirely unfounded, as many of the people involved with the film were brought before the House Unamerican Activities Committee (HUAC), including 'Daryl Zanuck', Anne Revere, (perhaps most notoriously) Elia Kazan, and 'John Garfield'. Garfield was brought before HUAC twice, was blacklisted, taken off the blacklist and put back on it again and it was believed that it was the stress of these experiences which led to the heart attack that killed him at the age of 39.
The movie was Fox's top-grossing picture of 1948.
John Garfield accepted the role after producer Darryl F. Zanuck promised that the film would be faithful to Moss Hart's script. Despite his limited role, Garfield was paid a full star's salary.
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