Gentleman's Agreement

Gentleman's Agreement

Gentleman's Agreement is a 1947 American drama film based on Laura Z. Hobson's best-selling 1947 novel of the same title. It concerns a journalist (played by Gregory Peck) who poses as a Jew to research an exposé on the widespread Anti-Semitism in New York City and the affluent communities of New Canaan and Darien, Connecticut. It was nominated for eight Academy Awards and won three: Best Picture, Best Supporting Actress (Celeste Holm), and Best Director (Elia Kazan).


Philip Schuyler Green is a widowed journalist who has just moved to New York City with his son Tommy and mother. Phil meets with magazine publisher John Minify, who asks Green, a Gentile, to write an article on anti-Semitism. He is not very enthusiastic at first, but after initially struggling with how to approach the topic in a fresh way, Phil is inspired to adopt a Jewish identity and writes about his first-hand experiences.