Gentleman's Fate is a 1931 American pre-Code drama film directed by Mervyn LeRoy and written by Leonard Praskins. The film stars John Gilbert, Louis Wolheim, Leila Hyams, Anita Page, and Marie Prevost. The film was released on March 7, 1931, by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, just seventeen days after Wolheim's untimely death.[1][2]

Gentleman's Fate
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byMervyn LeRoy
Screenplay byLeonard Praskins
Story byUrsula Parrott
StarringJohn Gilbert
Louis Wolheim
Leila Hyams
Anita Page
Marie Prevost
CinematographyMerritt B. Gerstad
Edited byWilliam S. Gray
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • March 7, 1931 (1931-03-07)
Running time
90 minutes
CountryUnited States


Jack Thomas has grown up in the belief that he was an orphan. His guardian tells him that he has an elder brother (Frank Tomasulo) and a dying father. They are both in the liquor business prohibition era.

On his deathbed the father gives Jack an emerald necklace. Jack gives it to his fiancé. It turns out that the necklace was stolen. Frank does not want his father's name to be put in the dirt, so he forces his kid brother to admit that he stole the necklace. So he does. His fiancée Marjorie Channing breaks off the engagement and travels to England. Jack decides to join the family business. He kills the member of a rival mob, and its leader wants revenge by killing Jack.



  1. ^ "Gentleman's Fate (1931) - Overview". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved November 13, 2014.
  2. ^ "Gentleman's Fate". TV Guide. Retrieved November 13, 2014.

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