Gentleman's Agreement

Gentleman's Agreement

Though it has understandably lost some of its impact over the years, GENTLEMAN’S AGREEMENT was a daring treatment of an "unmentionable" subject in its time. Recently widowed journalist Phil Green has a growing son to support, and is receptive to the invitation of magazine publisher John Minify to write a series of hard-hitting articles on the scourge of anti-Semitism. In order to glean his information first hand, Green decides to pose as a Jew. As the weeks go by, Green experiences all manner of prejudice, the most insidious being the subtle, "gentleman's agreement" form of bigotry, wherein anti-Jewish sentiments are merely taken for granted. Green's pose takes a toll on his budding romance with Minify's niece, Kathy, who comes to realize by her own example that even those who insist that they harbor no anti-Semitic feelings are also capable of prejudice. Watching from the sidelines is Green's lifelong Jewish friend, Dave, who has learned to be philosophical about the failings of his fellow man, though not to the extent that he's willing to give up the fight against blind hatred.
Though it has understandably lost some of its impact over the years, GENTLEMAN’S AGREEMENT was a daring treatment of an "unmentionable" subject in its time. Recently widowed journalist Phil Green has a growing son to support, and is receptive to the invitation of magazine publisher John Minify to write a series of hard-hitting articles on the scourge of anti-Semitism. In order to glean his information first hand, Green decides to pose as a Jew. As the weeks go by, Green experiences all manner of prejudice, the most insidious being the subtle, "gentleman's agreement" form of bigotry, wherein anti-Jewish sentiments are merely taken for granted. Green's pose takes a toll on his budding romance with Minify's niece, Kathy, who comes to realize by her own example that even those who insist that they harbor no anti-Semitic feelings are also capable of prejudice. Watching from the sidelines is Green's lifelong Jewish friend, Dave, who has learned to be philosophical about the failings of his fellow man, though not to the extent that he's willing to give up the fight against blind hatred.