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Disraeli (1929)

Prime Minister of Great Britain Benjamin Disraeli outwits the subterfuge of the Russians and chicanery at home in order to secure the purchase of the Suez Canal.

Director:

Alfred E. Green

Writer:

Julien Josephson (screen play)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
George Arliss ... Disraeli
Doris Lloyd ... Mrs. Travers
David Torrence ... Lord Probert
Joan Bennett ... Clarissa
Florence Arliss ... Lady Beaconsfield
Anthony Bushell ... Charles
Michael Visaroff ... Count Borsinov (as Michael Visocoff S.T.)
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Storyline

Biopic of the famed British Prime Minister focusing on his concern about Russia's growing interest in the Indian subcontinent and his attempts to buy the Suez Canal. He sees the Canal as the key strategic resource in maintaining the Empire in the East but is unpopular in many quarters. With antisemitism rife at the time, Disraeli finds little support for his plan to purchase the canal or his foreign policy in general. There is no doubt that the Russians are plotting against British interests and he is surrounded by spies, even in his office at 10 Downing St. When the Bank of England refuses to finance the purchase of the available shares he turns to private sources to raise the available cash only to find the conspirators one step ahead of him. Written by garykmcd

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Disraeli - Lover and Leader! See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 November 1929 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Disraeli: The Noble Ladies of Scandal See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Apparatus)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on January 17, 1938 with George Arliss and Florence Arliss reprising their film roles. See more »

Quotes

Benjamin Disraeli: I tell you, a ferment is at work all over the world. Titanic forces are unchained in America, forces you have no conception of. The spirit of nationality is aroused in France, in Italy, in Germany! New wine has been poured into old bottles, and an explosion must follow sooner or later. I shall not live to see it, but I hear the seething of the yeast.
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Alternate Versions

The original 1929 release ran 90 minutes; shortened by 3 minutes for a re-release in 1934. All current prints are the 87-minute re-release version. See more »

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God Save the Queen
Music attributed to Henry Carey (1744)
Played at the end, when Queen Victoria is shown
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Arliss Steals the Show
11 February 2010 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Disraeli (1929)

** (out of 4)

Creaky, early talkie won George Arliss the Best Actor Oscar but outside of his performance there's very little to recommend here. In the film he plays British prime minister Benjamin Disraeli who not only tries playing match maker (to Anthony Bushell and Joan Bennett) but also trying to cool the political climate in the country. Disraeli's main challenge comes when he tries to buy the Suez Canal as he's not prepared for the battle that will come. This film comes as a major disappointment to me especially after reading so many positive reviews. It seems the majority of people who viewed this film did enjoy it but I'm certainly not one of them. I did love the performance of Arliss who is the main reason to watch this. Apparently Arliss played this role several times on stage and even did a 1921 movie version, which is sadly now lost except for one reel. He certainly knows this role and feels very comfortable playing it and this comes across on the screen as he appears to just float from one scene to the next. Arliss is clearly very comfortable here and that easy-going nature really comes across well and he manages to make the character very well-rounded. Both Bushell and Bennett are charming in their roles and they look great together but I must admit that I found their relationship to be rather lacking and not at all interesting. Even worse, for me, was all the political stuff because of all talky everything was. I was growing real tired of the constant dialogue as it wasn't written very well and the only all blandness of the non-stop words. Even worse is that the film has a very stagy look that just brings the film to a complete stop.


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