Loyalties

1934, Movie, NR, 70 mins

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Rathbone plays a rich young Jew who encounters anti-Semitism at a weekend house party. When his wallet is stolen, Rathbone deduces that the culprit is Mander. Rather than risk scandal, some of the guests offer him membership in an exclusive club to forget about it. But when others balk at this because of his religion, Rathbone decides to press charges. He takes it to court and when Mander is proven guilty, the captain commits suicide. Based on a popular British play, this film is a mixed bag. Rathbone, who created the role on stage, is good in the lead, but the direction is awkward and sometimes the plot seems to move in jerks rather than in an even flow. The British accents are also a little hard on American ears, with the actors occasionally slurring their dialog as well. Galsworthy died shortly before filming began but was said to have been pleased with the adaptation of his play. British audiences enjoyed the film and applauded after screenings. leave a comment

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